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Misery to mirth : recovery from illness in early modern England

Author: Hannah Newton
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Misery to Mirth aims to change our thinking about health in early modern England. Drawing on sources such as diaries and medical texts, it shows that recovery did exist as a concept, and that it was a widely-reported event. The study examines how patients, and their loved ones, dealt with overcoming a seemingly fatal illness.
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Newton, Hannah.
Misery to mirth.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017959216
(OCoLC)1007074431
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Newton
ISBN: 9780191826122 019182612X 9780191084645 0191084646
OCLC Number: 1046448930
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 272 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; HISTORIOGRAPHY; SUMMARY OF ARGUMENTS; DEFINITIONS AND PARAMETERS; SOURCES; PART I: MEDICAL UNDERSTANDINGS; 1: 'Nature Concocts and Expels': Defeating Disease; AGENTS; PROCESSES; HELMONTIANS; CONCLUSION; 2: 'She Sleeps Well and Eats an Egg': Restoring Strength; WEAKNESS AFTER DISEASE; CATEGORIZING THE CONVALESCENT; THE FINAL PURGE; SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT; FEELING HUNGRY; GROWING CHEERFUL; SITTING UP TO GOING ABROAD CONCLUSIONPART II: PERSONAL EXPERIENCES; 3: 'O, How Sweet is Ease!' Feeling Better; PATIENTS; FAMILY AND FRIENDS; CONCLUSION; 4: 'A Double Delight': Thanking God; BODY AND SOUL; SIN NO MORE; HOLY AFFECTIONS; PUBLIC PRAISES; CONCLUSION; 5: 'Pluck't from the Pit': Escaping Death; PATIENTS; FAMILY AND FRIENDS; CONCLUSION; 6: 'All is Returned': Resuming Life; PRISON TO LIBERTY: SPATIAL LIFE; ISOLATION TO INTEGRATION: SOCIAL LIFE; IDLENESS TO OFFICE: WORKING LIFE; CONCLUSION; Conclusion; Primary Bibliography; MANUSCRIPT SOURCES; London; British Library; Lambeth Palace Library London Metropolitan LibraryRoyal College of Physicians Library; Wellcome Library; Cambridge; Cambridge University Library; St John's College Library; Trinity College Library; Leeds; Brotherton Library; Oxford; Bodleian Library; Taunton; Somerset Heritage Centre; Winchester; Hampshire Record Office; Other; PRINTED SOURCES; The place of publication is London, unless otherwise stated; ELECTRONIC RESOURCES; Index
Responsibility: Hannah Newton.

Abstract:

Misery to Mirth aims to change our thinking about health in early modern England. Drawing on sources such as diaries and medical texts, it shows that recovery did exist as a concept, and that it was a widely-reported event. The study examines how patients, and their loved ones, dealt with overcoming a seemingly fatal illness.

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