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The Sick Child in Early Modern England, 1580-1720

Hannah Newton


This book is a powerful exploration of the treatment, perception, and experience of illness in childhood, between approximately 1580 and 1720. At this time, the sickness or death of a child was a common occurrence — over a quarter of young people died before the age of fifteen — and yet this subject has received little scholarly attention. The book takes three perspectives: first, it investigates medical understandings and treatments of children. It argues that a concept of ‘children’s physic’ existed amongst doctors and laypeople: the young were thought to be physiologically distinct, and in ... More

Keywords: child, parent, sickness, patient, age, emotion, pain, death, gender, paediatrics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199650491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Newton, author
Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge