Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine

Practitioners, collectors and contexts

Edited by John Cunningham

Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3815-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: Ireland, History of medicine, Early 18th century c 1700 to c 1750, 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Humanities / British & Irish history, Medicine / History of medicine, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Social Histories of Medicine


This collection of essays offers important new insights across a range of topics relating to medicine in early modern Ireland. Of particular note is the substantial attention devoted to the often neglected period before 1750. Among the key subjects addressed by the contributors are Gaelic medicine, warfare, the impact of new medical ideas, migration, patterns of disease, midwifery and childbirth, book collecting, natural history, and urban medicine. The twelve essays effectively situate Irish medicine in relation to long-term social and cultural change on the island, as well as to appropriate international contexts; British, European and Atlantic. Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine brings together a selection of established scholars as well as early career historians. It will be of interest to academics and students of the history of early modern medicine. It also contains much that will be essential reading for historians of Ireland.


John Cunningham - Introduction

Áine Sheehan - Locating the Gaelic Medical Families in Elizabethan Ireland
Benjamin Hazard - Early Modern Medical Practitioners and Military Hospital Systems in Flanders and the South-West of Ireland
John Cunningham - Sickness, Disease and Medical Practitioners in 1640s Ireland
Peter Elmer - Promoting Medical Change in Restoration Ireland: The Chemical Revolution and the Patronage of James Butler, duke of Ormond (1610-88)
Philomena Gorey - The episcopal and institutional regulation of midwifery in Ireland c. 1600-1828
Clodagh Tait - Causes of Death and Cultures of Care in Co. Cork, 1660-1720: The Evidence of the Youghal Parish Registers
Alice Marples - Medical practitioners as collectors and communicators of natural history in Ireland, 1680-1750
Elizabethanne Boran - Collecting Medicine in Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin: The Library of Edward Worth.
Lisa Wynne Smith - The Many Meanings of an Eighteenth-Century Account of a Caesarean Operation
Marc Caball - Transforming Tradition in the British Atlantic: Patrick Browne (c. 1720-1790), an Irish Botanist and Physician in the West Indies
Susan Mullaney - The Evolution of the Medical Professions in Eighteenth-Century Dublin


Dr John Cunningham is Lecturer in Early Modern Irish and British History at Queen's University Belfast

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