Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England

ISBN : 9780198779025

Hannah Newton
304 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Misery to Mirth aims to change our thinking about health in early modern England. Drawing on sources such as diaries and medical texts, it shows that recovery did exist as a concept, and that it was a widely-reported event. Misery to Mirth examines how patients, and their loved ones, dealt with overcoming a seemingly fatal illness.


Part One: Medical Understandings
1 'Nature Concocts and Expels': Defeating Disease
2 'She Sleeps Well & Eats an Egg': Restoring Strength
Part Two: Personal Experiences
3 'O, How Sweet is Ease!': Feeling Better
4 'A Double Delight': Thanking God
5 'Pluck't from the Pit': Escaping Death
6 'All is Returned': Resuming Life

About the author: 

Hannah Newton is a social and cultural historian of early modern England, specialising in the histories of medicine, emotion, and childhood. Her first book, The Sick Child in Early Modern England (OUP, 2012), won the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Book Prize in 2015 . In 2011-2014, Hannah undertook a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at the University of Cambridge where she researched the present monograph, Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England. Hannah is now a Wellcome University Award Holder at Reading University, where she is investigating the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations of the early modern sickchamber.

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