By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variants in his lifetime, making sure its renowned and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century drugs. this is often the 1st full-length learn to ascertain the theological, highbrow and cultural historical past to at least one of the period's such a lot profitable scientific texts. via exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A affordable, secure and average medication' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and medication. Wesley used to be on a theological challenge to get well the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a realistic philosopher, whose situation for non secular healthiness didn't hinder him from delivering functional advice to people who wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates a number of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist move, equivalent to the best way he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst non secular 'enthusiasm' used to be usually conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A affordable, secure and normal medication' can be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to someone who's attracted to the way in which faith affects drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and average Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and useful Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four maintaining future health, or a number of undeniable and straightforward Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A choice of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: affordable, secure and ordinary medication for health and wellbeing and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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Cumming (London: Allen Lane, 1973). I. ) Kant’s Political Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970), 54–60. This recent scholarship includes Grell and Porter (eds), op. cit (note 6), and Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), op. cit (note 23). The introduction to the latter provides an excellent historiography because of the complete, yet succinct, synthesis of the existing material. Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), ‘Introduction’, op. cit (note 23), 3–31: 20. J. Lane, A Social History of Medicine: Health, Healing and Disease in England, 1750–1950 (London: Routledge, 2001); A.
Vanderpool while this work was being revised for book publication. Vanderpool’s essay considers Wesley’s medical practice in the context of later Wesleyan–Methodist healing traditions. Y. L. W. Amundsen (eds), Caring and Curing: Health and Medicine in the Western Religious Traditions (New York: Macmillan, 1986), 317–53. L. M. ), A Living Tradition (Nashville, TN: Kingswood Books, forthcoming). Maddox, ibid. Maddox, ibid. H. Stone, John Wesley’s Life and Ethics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001) and J.
H. Plumb. See R. Porter, Mind Forg’d Manacles: A History of Madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency (London: Penguin, 1987), Health For Sale: Quackery in England 1660–1850 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989); R. ), Patients and Practitioners (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985). See also A. Suzuki, ‘AntiLockean Enlightenment? Mind and Body in Early Eighteenth-Century English Medicine’, in R. ), Medicine in the Enlightenment (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1995), 336–59. Suzuki argues that Primitive Physic is an ‘aggressively anti-intellectual, anti-theoretical and populist medical advice manual intended explicitly for the poor’ (349).
A Cheap, Safe and Natural Medicine. Religion, Medicine and Culture in John Wesley's Primitive Physic. (Clio Medica 83). (The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine) by Deborah Madden