Illness from the Patient's Perspective in 17th-Century England
A talk by Olivia Weisser, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Professor Weisser received her PhD in the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and her BA in History at Wesleyan'University (class of 2002). Professor Weisser's research interests include early modern Britain, the history of the body, health, and healing, and the history of women, gender, and sexuality. She teaches courses on early modern European history, Western Civilization, and the history of medicine.
This talk explores medicine in the 1600s from the patient's point of view. In particular, the talk examines the belief that pity from loved ones could physically alter patients' bodies. This exchange between patients and their visitors influenced how sufferers expressed and even understood illness. Some patients presented themselves on the sickbed in particular ways, not only to elicit healthful doses of love and compassion, but also to negotiate relationships with friends and family.
Sponsored by the History Department.
Location: Allbritton 304 Admission: none Sponsor: History Department URL: Contact: Professor Gary Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org