Health and Wellness in the Renaissance and Enlightenment

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Health and Wellness in the Renaissance and Enlightenment compares and contrasts health care practices of various cultures from around the world during the vital period from 1500 to 1800. These years, which include the Age of Discovery and the Scientific Revolution, were a period of rapid advance of both science and medicine. New drugs were developed and new practices, some of which stemmed from increasingly frequent contact between various cultures, were initiated.

Examining the medical systems of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the colonial world, this comprehensive study covers a wide array of topics including education and training of medical professionals and the interaction of faith, religion, and medicine. The book looks specifically at issues related to women's health and the health of infants and children, at infectious diseases and occupational and environmental hazards, and at brain and mental disorders. Chapters also focus on advances in surgery, dentistry, and orthopedics, and on the apothecary and his pharmacopoeia.

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About the author

Joseph P. Byrne, PhD, is historian and professor of honors humanities at Belmont University, Nashville, TN. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Black Death, Daily Life during the Black Death, The Encyclopedia of the Black Death, and Encyclopedia of Pestilence, Pandemics, and Plagues.

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ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Jul 16, 2013
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Pages
268
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ISBN
9780313381379
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Language
English
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History / Europe / Renaissance
History / Reference
History / World
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