By James Kelly, Fiona Clark
The tale of early glossy medication, with its extremes of clinical brilliance and barbaric perform, has lengthy held a fascination for students. the good discoveries of Harvey and Jenner sit down incongruously with the endurance of Galenic idea, superstition and blood-letting. but regardless of persevered learn into the interval as an entire, such a lot paintings has focussed at the metropolitan centres of britain, Scotland and France, ignoring the massive variety of nationwide and neighborhood perform. This assortment goals to move a way to rectifying this example, delivering an exploration of the adjustments and advancements in drugs as practised in eire and via Irish physicians learning and dealing in a foreign country in the course of the 17th and eighteenth centuries. Bringing jointly learn undertaken into the missed sector of Irish scientific and social heritage throughout various disciplines, together with historical past of drugs, Colonial Latin American background, Irish, and French background, it builds upon ground-breaking paintings lately released through numerous of the members, thereby augmenting our figuring out of the position of medication inside of early sleek Irish society and its broader medical and highbrow networks. through addressing basic concerns that stretch past the scientific associations, the gathering expands our figuring out of Irish drugs and throws new gentle on clinical practices and the wider cultural and social problems with early smooth eire, Europe, and Latin the US. Taking numerous methods and assets, starting from using eplistolary trade to the learn of clinical receipt books, legislative perform to trust in miracles, neighborhood professionalization to foreign networks, each one essay deals a desirable perception right into a nonetheless mostly ignored quarter. moreover, the gathering argues for the significance of widening present learn to think about the significance and effect of early Irish scientific traditions, networks, and practices, and their interplay with comparable concerns, resembling politics, gender, fiscal call for, and non secular trust.