With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England

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The practice of medicine in the days before the development of anaesthetics could often be a brutal and painful experience. Many procedures, especially those involving surgery, must have proved almost as distressing to the doctor as to the patient. Yet in order to cure, the medical practitioner was often required to inflict pain and the patient to endure it. Some level of detachment has always been required of the doctor and especially, of the surgeon. It is the construction of this detachment, or dispassion, in early ...

With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England 2016, Routledge

ISBN-13: 9781138257177

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With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England 2007, Routledge, Aldershot, England

ISBN-13: 9780754636892

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