University of Massachusetts Press, 2005, first edition. Kerwin, William. Hardback, condition: used very good. Dj not price clipped, minor shelf wear, red cloth boards with gold lettering, slight bumping to bottom corners.
The author, an assistant professor in English at the time of writing, offers five case studies in his consideration of how the field of medicine and its boundaries were affected by culture in the Renaissance, especially drama. Incorporating recent research on medical history and anthropology, he pursues the stories of several medical groups such as women healers and their changing place in terms of the changing place of women in the public sphere and the role barbers and surgeons played in early modern concerns for protecting a new sense of privacy and interiority.
'A rich and pioneering study .... he draws on new primary documents as well as the history of medicine and anthropology and puts them in play with English drama from Lyly and Daniel to Webster and Massinger'
(Arthur F Kinney, author of Shakespeare's Webs)