Medicine and the Reformation
Edited by Andrew Cunningham, Ole Peter Grell
Routledge – 1993 – 208 pages
The tremendous changes in the role and significance of religion during Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation affected all of society. Yet, there have been few attempts to view medicine and the ideas underpinning it within the context of the period and see what changes it underwent.
Medicine and the Reformation charts how both popular and official religion affected orthodox medicine as well as more popular healers. Illustrating the central part played by medicine in Lutheran teachings, the Calvinistic rationalization of disease, and the Catholic responses, the contributors offer new perspectives on the relation of religion and medicine in the early modern period. It will be of interest to social historians as well as specialists in the history of medicine.
`… an extremely useful collection.' - Paul Slack Social History of Medicine
'It certainly succeeds in showing the need to look at medical developments in the light of the religious culture in which they take place.' - History Review
Vivian Nutton, Wellcome Institute, London; Sachiko Kusukawa, Cambridge; David Harley, Oxford; Richard Palmer, Lambeth Palace Library, London; David Gentilcore, Cambridge; Luis Garcia-Ballester, Consell Superiou d'Investigacions Cientifiques, Barcelona, Spain