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The Resource Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment : the debate over "maladies des femmes", Lindsay Wilson

Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment : the debate over "maladies des femmes", Lindsay Wilson

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Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment : the debate over "maladies des femmes"
Title
Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment
Title remainder
the debate over "maladies des femmes"
Statement of responsibility
Lindsay Wilson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Women and Medicine in the French Enlightenment Lindsay Wilson takes a new approach to the social history of medicine by focusing on the key role that women played as both providers and recipients of health care during the Ancien Regime. Wilson pays special attention to three medical controversies involving maladies des femmes in eighteenth-century France: the "miraculous cures" claimed by the Convulsionaries of St. Medard, the uncertainty over the maximum length of pregnancy (and its implications for the legitimacy of heirs) and the debate over the medical effectiveness of mesmerism. Wilson's analysis of these debates reveals how social and political concerns affected the medical community's efforts to establish an enlightened science of medicine which would, in turn, legitimize its own authority. But because the issues of legitimacy, hierarchy and authority raised by the medical causes celebres resonated so deeply throughout French society, debate extended far beyond medical circles to an increasingly engaged public. Such debate reflected a significant shift in the center of politics from the institutions of court, academy, and parlement to journals, theaters, and the streets. Wilson's description of these debates provides insight into the forces that were transforming the family, the church, corporate society, and the state on the eve of the Revolution. She argues for a re-assessment of a period that has been all too easily categorized as an age of triumph - either for enlightenment or for repression. Her work also offers concrete examples of the ways in which sexual symbolism can he employed to maintain social order or promote change. Based on medical treatises, medical topographies, official reports, judicial documents, physicians' correspondence, and memoirs of eighteenth-century women, Women and Medicine in the French Enlightenment is a thoroughly interdisciplinary work that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the social history of medicine, women's studies, Enlightenment thought, and French social history
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Wilson, Lindsay B.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Medicine
  • Women
  • Medical jurisprudence
  • History, 18th Century
  • Women's Health
  • Women's Health
  • France
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Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment : the debate over "maladies des femmes", Lindsay Wilson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-236) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25677441
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780801844386
Isbn Type
(HC : alk. paper)
Lccn
92015475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1499321
Label
Women and medicine in the French Enlightenment : the debate over "maladies des femmes", Lindsay Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25677441
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 246 pages
Isbn
9780801844386
Isbn Type
(HC : alk. paper)
Lccn
92015475
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1499321

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