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The political and social dynamics of poverty, poor relief and health care in early-modern Portugal

Author: Laurinda Abreu
Publisher: London : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, [2016]
Series: History of medicine in context.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By the end of the fifteenth century most European counties had witnessed a profound reformation of their poor relief and health care policies. As this book demonstrates, Portugal was among them and actively participated in such reforms. Providing the first English language monograph on this this topic, Laurinda Abreu examines the Portuguese experience and places it within the broader European context. She shows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurinda Abreu
ISBN: 9781472477255 1472477251
OCLC Number: 929011159
Description: vi, 302 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Charity and poor relief in Portugal at the dawn of the early modern period : the organisation and consolidation of crown authority --
Social and political contexts --
"For the benefit of the body" : hospital and health care reform --
Epidemic control --
The foundation of the misericórdias --
The organisation of the welfare services --
The funding of poor relief --
Part II. Institutions as social actors mediating between society, the authorities and individuals --
Poor relief in an institutional context --
The movement to found confinement institutions --
The population of female recolhimentos : "wives, nuns and prostitutes" --
Hospitals and their users --
Prisons and misericórdias --
Conclusion --
Manuscript sources --
Printed sources.
Series Title: History of medicine in context.
Responsibility: Laurinda Abreu University of Evora, Portugal.

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"By the end of the fifteenth century most European counties had witnessed a profound reformation of their poor relief and health care policies. As this book demonstrates, Portugal was among them and actively participated in such reforms. Providing the first English language monograph on this this topic, Laurinda Abreu examines the Portuguese experience and places it within the broader European context. She shows that, in line with much that was happening throughout the rest of Europe, Portugal had not only set up a systematic reform of the hospitals but had also developed new formal arrangements for charitable and welfare provision that responded to the changing socioeconomic framework, the nature of poverty, and the concerns of political powers"--

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