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Precedentes e succesores imediatos dos Errevrs populaires de Laurent Joubert (2007)


In the wake of Natalie Z. Davis' suggestion that the physician established in Montpellier Laurent Joubert (1529-1582) inaugurated with his Errevrs Populaires a new "genre" of medical literature of "popular" character, possible immediate precedents and successors of the trend initiated by Joubert are brought up here. Among other offsprings, emphasis is given to Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose Pseudodoxia Epidemica were also influenced by Francis Bacon (1561-1626). regarding precedents, not to mention the zeal of medical humanists to expurgate Medieval fallacie from Classical texts, attention is given in particular to "The rose garden for pregnant women and midwives" penned by Eucharius Roesslin (?-1526). Lastly, by way of conclusion, one asks whether it is suitable for the history of science to borrow from the art of literature the word "genre" to distinguish lineages of texts prevalent in the past.


Description On the rise of a new genre of literature, namely, popular medicine, in the early modern period.

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Authors & Contributors
Barbour, Reid
Melehy, Hassan
Floyd-Wilson, Mary
Matchinske, Megan
Joubert, Laurent
Cunningham, Andrew
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Acta Histriae
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Journal of Modern History
University of Alabama Press
University of Delaware Press
AMS Press
Oxford University Press
University of South Carolina
Medicine, popular
Drama, dance, and performing arts
Physicians; doctors
Medicine and literature
Browne, Thomas
Joubert, Laurent
Shakespeare, William
Ripley, George
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Khunrath, Heinrich
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
Early modern
British Isles
London (England)
Great Britain

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