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By Robert Weston

Unwell 17th- and eighteenth-century French women and men, participants in their households, or their neighborhood general practitioner or health care professional, may possibly write to excessive profile physicians and surgeons looking specialist clinical recommendation. This examine, the 1st full-length exam of the perform of consulting by means of letter, offers a cohesive portrayal of a few of the common diseases of French society within the latter a part of the early smooth interval. It explores how and why adjustments happened within the relationships among those that sought and those that supplied clinical recommendation. earlier reviews of epistolary clinical consulting have restricted realization to the output of 1 or practitioners, yet this learn makes use of the consultations of round a hundred person practitioners from the mid-seventeenth century to the time of the Revolution to offer a wide photo of sufferers and physicians perceptions of health problems and the way they need to be handled on a daily foundation. It makes a special contribution to the background of drugs, as no different learn has been undertaken within the consulting through letter of surgeons, in place of physicians. it really is proven that the well known disputation among physicians and surgeons tells just a a part of the background; while actually, necessity required that those 'professions' needed to interact for the sufferers' solid.

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1, p. iv. B. Ramel, Consultations médicales et mémoire sur l’air de Gemenos (La 35 36 Hayes, 1785). Aubagne was a small town some 16 kilometres east of Marseilles. Gemenos was a commune some 5 km from Aubagne. , p. vi. , Introduction, pp. vii–xiii. 39 Lazarre Rivière, The Universal Body of Physick in Five Books; Exactly Containing Five Hundred and Thirteen Observations, or Histories, of Famous or Rare Cures (London, 1657). 40 Jean Fernel, ‘Select Medicinal Counsels of the Renowned Johannes Fernelius’, in Nicholas Culpeper, Abdiah Cole and William Rowland, The Practice of Physick in Two Volumes, Very Much Enlarged (London, 1658), pp.

MEDICAL CONSULTING BY LETTER IN FRANCE, 1665–1789 36 There is no indication as to who was responsible for bringing a text such as Consultations choisies together, within the text, or in other archives researched, or how the manuscripts from which it was compiled were collated. The preface is unsigned. The complete collection was not brought together at one time, as is acknowledged in its preface, which goes some way to explaining the publication dates being spread over a number of years. 77 The surgeon Henri-François le Dran had a number of things in mind when publishing his observations and consultations.

80 Deidier, Consultations et observations médicinales, Avertissement to vol. 1, p. ii. 81 It seems likely that it was expected to be of practical value to a wider readership than the academy. For those consultants who had decided to publish, how and why were decisions made as to what might be included or excluded? 82 There is no indication in Consultations choisies for the basis the compilers used in making their selection of material. Possibly it was simply a matter of using all that could be obtained.

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