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New book: Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe


Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 2, 2013 - 9:11pm


Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe

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$107.96 (Regular price: $119.95)
Imprint: Ashgate
Published: November 2012
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 310 pages
Binding: Hardback
Other editions: ebook ePUB, ebook PDF
ISBN: 978-1-4094-3022-3
ISBN Short: 9781409430223
BL Reference: 808'.0094-dc23
LoC Control No: 2012011241

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Edited by Stephen Pender, University of Windsor, Canada and Nancy S. Struever, The Johns Hopkins University, USA
Series : Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity
Through close analysis of texts, cultural and civic communities, and intellectual history, the papers in this collection, for the first time, propose a dynamic relationship between rhetoric and medicine as discourses and disciplines of cure in early modern Europe. Although the range of theoretical approaches and methodologies represented here is diverse, the essays collectively explore the theories and practices, innovations and interventions, that underwrite the shared concerns of medicine, moral philosophy, and rhetoric: care and consolation, reading, policy, and rectitude, signinference, selfhood, and autonomy-all developed and refined at the intersection of areas of inquiry usually thought distinct.

From Italy to England, from the sixteenth through to the mid-eighteenth century, early modern moral philosophers and essayists, rhetoricians and physicians investigated the passions and persuasion, vulnerability and volubility, theoretical intervention and practical therapy in the dramas, narratives, and disciplines of public and private cure. The essays are relevant to a wide range of readers, including cultural, literary, and intellectual historians, historians of medicine and philosophy, and scholars of rhetoric.
Contents: Introduction: reading physicians, Stephen Pender; Between medicine and rhetoric, Stephen Pender; The promotion of Bath Waters by physicians in the Renaissance, Jean Dietz Moss; The anatomical web: literary dissection from Castiglione to Cromwell, Richard Sugg; Medical humanism, rhetoric, and anatomy at Padua, circa 1540, Andrea Carlino; Political pathology, Daniel M. Gross; Responses to vulnerability: medicine, politics, and the body in Descartes and Spinoza, Amy Schmitter; The many rhetorical personae of an early modern physician: Girolamo Cardano on truth and persuasion, Guido Giglioni; You’ve got to have soul: understanding the passions in early modern culture, Julie R. Solomon; ‘The Babel event’: language, rhetoric, and Burton’s infinite symptom, Grant Williams; Medicine’s political rhetoric: the case of Bertini’s La medicina difesa, Nancy S. Struever; Afterword: the place of medicine in a general account of early modern intellectual history, Nancy S. Struever; Bibliography; Index.
About the Editor: Stephen Pender is associate professor of English at the University of Windsor, Canada.
Nancy S. Struever is professor emerita of history at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

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