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Author Skuse, Alanna, 1986- author.

Title Constructions of cancer in early modern England : ravenous natures / Alanna Skuse.

Publication Info. Houndsmills, Baskingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 219 pages) : illustrations.
Series Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer - as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body - remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equally, cancer treatments were among the era's most radical medical and surgical procedures. From buttered frog ointments to agonizing and dangerous surgeries, they raised abiding questions about the nature of disease and the proper role of the medical practitioner"-- Provided by publisher
Contents 1. What was cancer? definition, diagnosis and cause -- 2. Cancer and the gendered body -- 3. 'it is, say some, of a ravenous nature': zoomorphic images of cancer -- 4. Cancerous growth and malignancy -- 5. Wolves'- tongues and mercury: pharmaceutical cures for cancer -- 6. 'cannot you use a loving violence?': cancer surgery.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (OAPEN, viewed July 8, 2016).
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Language English.
Subject Cancer -- England -- History.
Oncology -- England -- History.
Cancer -- Treatment -- England.
Neoplasms -- history.
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800.
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700.
Literary studies: general.
HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- General.
Health and Fitness.
Cancer -- Treatment. (OCoLC)fst00845538
Cancer. (OCoLC)fst00845317
Oncology. (OCoLC)fst01045739
England. (OCoLC)fst01219920
Health and Wellbeing.
Indexed Term early modern cancer
early modernity
early modern medical thought
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Skuse, Alanna, 1986- Constructions of cancer in early modern England 9781137487520 (DLC) 2015023411 (OCoLC)915494888
ISBN 9781137487537 (e-PDF)
1137487534 (e-PDF)
9781137487544 (e-PUB)
1137487542 (e-PUB)
9781137487520 (hardback)
1137487526 (hardback)
9781137569196 (paperback)
1137569190 (paperback)
Standard No. 10.1007/978-1-137-48753-7 doi
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