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Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England

Hannah Newton


The history of early modern medicine often makes for depressing reading. It implies that people fell ill, took ineffective remedies, and died. This book seeks to rebalance and brighten our overall picture of early modern health by focusing on the neglected subject of recovery from illness in England, c.1580–1720. Drawing on an array of archival and printed materials, Misery to Mirth shows that recovery did exist conceptually at this time, and that it was a widely reported phenomenon. The book takes three main perspectives: the first is physiological or medical, asking what doctors and laypeopl ... More

Keywords: recovery, convalescence, cure, heal, patient, medicine, disease, death, emotions, joy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Newton, author
Wellcome Trust University Award Holder, Reading University