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Medical paratexts from medieval to modern: dissecting the page

Medical paratexts from medieval to modern: dissecting the page

Scott, Diane G., editor; Tweed, Hannah C., editor

This collection establishes the term `medical paratexts' as a useful addition to medical humanities, book history, and literary studies research. The second section analyses the role and significance of authority, access, and dissemination in discussions of health, medicine, and illness, for both lay and medical readerships. This collection establishes the term `medical paratexts' as a useful addition to medical humanities, book history, and literary studies research. As a relatively new field of study, little critical attention has been paid to medical paratexts. We understand paratext as the apparatus of graphic communication: title pages, prefaces, illustrations, marginalia, and publishing details which act as mediators between text and reader. Discussing the development of medical paratexts across scribal, print and digital media, the collection spans the medieval period to the twenty-first century. Dissecting the Page is structured in two thematic sections, underpinned by a shared examination of ideas of medical and lay readership and a history of reader response. The first section focuses on the production, reception, and use of medical texts. The second section analyses the role and significance of authority, access, and dissemination in discussions of health, medicine, and illness, for both lay and medical readerships

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Hannah C. Tweed, Diane G. Scott
ISBN: 3319734261, 9783319734262
Physical Description: 178 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Subject: Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Medical literature History and criticism.; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Medical publishing History.; History of science; Ireland; Literary studies: ancient, classical & medieval; History of medicine; Literature.; Literature: history & criticism; Literary studies: general; United Kingdom, Great Britain
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319734255

Contents

  1. ?Foreword: Jeremy J. Smith.- 2.Authority, Authenticity and Representation: An Introduction to Medical Paratexts: Hannah C. Tweed and Diane G. Scott.
  2. '[P]rophane fidlers': Medical Paratexts and Indecent Readers in Early Modern England: Harry Newman.
  3. Touching Twins in the Texts and Medical Paratexts of Seventeenth-Century Midwifery Books: Louise Powell.
  4. Graphic Surgical Practice in the Handbills of Seventeenth-Century London Irregulars: Roberta Mullini.
  5. Profit and Paratexts; the Economics of Pharmaceutical Packaging in the Long Nineteenth Century: Laura Mainwaring.
  6. Remedies for Despair: Considering Mental Health in Late Medieval England: Natalie Calder.
  7. The Medical Paratexts as a Voice in the Patient's Chamber: Speech and Print in Physick for the Poor (1657): Elspeth Jajdelska.
  8. Archives, Paratext and Life Writing in the First World War: Hannah C. Tweed.
  9. 'Nonsense Rides Piggyback on Sensible Things': The Past, Present, and Future of Graphology: Deborah Ellen Thorpe.
  10. Medical Marginalia in the early printed books of University of Glasgow Library: Robert MacLean.