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Walker, Katherine A,author.
A gendered history of pain in England, circa 1620-1740.
Ph. D. -- McMaster University, 2011
Ottawa :Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada,[2013]
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Includes bibliographical references.
<?Pub Inc> This thesis is the first expansive study of physical pain in early modern Britain from a historical perspective. It contributes to an extensive and developing field of scholarship on the nature of early modern medical and bodily experiences. This study explores bodily pain within the contexts of medicine and gender in early modern England, with a focus upon the period ' circa' 1620-1740. This investigation identifies pain as a key component of medical interactions and practices, and reveals that medical sources can provide historians with a wealth of information about this important aspect of early modern understandings of the body, health, gender, and culture. In accomplishing this, this study concentrates on two interrelated main tasks. The first is the investigation of the ways in which pain possessed and/or acquired significant meaning in medical treatment and practice, as patients and practitioners paid close attention to pain as a diagnostic tool and as a condition requiring treatment. The second is the demonstration of how, when, and why gender influenced the early modern understanding of corporeal suffering.