Medicine in Medieval and Early Modern England (HISM034)

30 credits

This module examines the ways in which people responded to illness in the period between about 1100 and 1700. These centuries witnessed important developments in the history of illness and medicine including the growth of hospitals, the rise of university medical education, and the appearance of new diseases such as plague and syphilis. Beneath these, however, lay important continuities in which healers were consulted by the majority of the population, in the remedies they offered, and in social attitudes to illnesses and other physical conditions such as sexuality and childbirth. In this module students will examine key themes in the social history of medicine in this period, focusing both on intellectual changes and also, importantly, on the attitudes to illness and healing which lay behind them. No prior knowledge is required and the module is suitable for all students at MA level.