The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective
The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective


This course was written by Dr Debbie Brunton.

This free course is an adapted extract from the course A218 Medicine and Society in Europe, 1500–1930, which is currently out of presentation

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The material below is taken (and adapted for OpenLearn) from The Healing Arts Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1800 published by Manchester University Press in association with The Open University. Copyright in editorial selection The Open University. This publication formed part of the course A218 Medicine and society in Europe, 1500-1930.

Chapter 6 ‘Policies of Health: Diseases, poverty and hospitals’ and Chapter 7: ‘Old and New Models of the Body’ by Silvia De Renzi, Wellcome Lecturer in the Department of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at The Open University.


Figure 2 Medizinhistorisches Institut, Bern;

Figure 3 Wellcome Library, London;

Figure 4 Wellcome Library, London.


The material acknowledged below is contained in Health, disease and society in Europe 1500-1800 A source book (eds Peter Elmer and Ole Peter Grell) published by Manchester University in association with The Open University. Selection and editorial matter © The Open University 2004. This publication formed part of an Open University course: A218 Medicine and society in Europe, 1500–1930.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission:

Guenter B Risse (1999) Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals published by Oxford University Press Inc. pages 231–51 © Guenter B Risse.

Laurence Sterne (1983) The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemanm, ed. Ian Campbell Ross, pages 117–19, Oxford, Clarendon Press.

Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings, ed. Tom Keymer, pages 95–9 (London, Everyman/J.M. Dent, 1994).

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