The Care of Brute Beasts: A Social and Cultural Study of Veterinary Medicine in Early Modern England

The Care of Brute Beasts: A Social and Cultural Study of Veterinary Medicine in Early Modern England

by Louise Hill Curth

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Overview

This book is about medical beliefs and practices for animals in early modern England. Although there are numerous texts on human health, this is the first to focus exclusively on animals during this period. For most academics, the foundation of the London Veterinary College in 1791 marks the beginning of 'modern' veterinary medicine, with the period before unworthy of serious study. In fact, there is ample evidence of how the importance of animals resulted in a highly complex system of both preventative and remedial care. This book is divided into sections which start by 'setting the scene' with an overview of animals in early modern England and the contemporary principles behind health and illness. It moves onto an examination of the medical marketplace and printed literature on animal health care, followed by an in-depth look at preventative and remedial methods. It ends by addressing the question of what impact, if any, new colleges had on veterinary beliefs and practices.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004179950
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/23/2009
Series: History of Science and Medicine Library Series , #14
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Louise Hill Curth, PhD in Medical History, Royal Holloway, University of London, is Senior Lecturer in Health at the University of Winchester, England. She has published extensively on early modern popular medical texts for both humans and animals, including English almanacs, astrology and popular medicine: 1550 - 1700 (MUP 2007) and From Physick to Pharmacology: Five hundred years of British drug retailing (Ashgate, 2006).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction

PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
1. Animals in early modern England
2. The principles behind health and illness

PART II: STRUCTURES OF PRACTICE AND KNOWLEDGE
3. The medical marketplace for animals
4. Popular medical literature

PART III: STRUCTURES OF PRACTICE AND KNOWLEDGE

5. Preventative medicine

6. Remedial Medicine

Epilogue


Index

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