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John Hall, Master of Physicke: A casebook from Shakespeare's Stratford
Edmonson, Paul
ISBN 13: 
9781526134516
ISBN 10: 
1526134519
Category: 
History of Medicine
Edition: 
1
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Format: 
Cloth
Status: 
Out of Stock at the Publisher
Imprint: 
Manchester University Press
Affiliation: 
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Pages: 
256
Weight: 
2
Retail Price: 
120.00
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Synopsis:
This is the first complete edition and English translation of John Hall's Little Book of Cures, a fascinating medical casebook composed in Latin around 16345. John Hall (15751635) was Shakespeare's son-in-law (Hall married Susanna Shakespeare in 1607), and based his medical practice in Stratford-upon-Avon. Readers have never before had access to a complete English translation of John Hall's casebook, which contains fascinating details about his treatment of patients in and around Stratford.

Until Wells's edition, our knowledge of Hall and his practice has had to rely only on a partial, seventeenth-century edition (produced by James Cooke in 1657 and 1679, and re-printed with annotation by Joan Lane as recently as 1996). Cooke's edition significantly misrepresents Hall by abridging his manuscript (Cooke removed Hall's conversations with his patients), by errors of translation, and by combining Hall's work with examples from Cooke's own medical practice. Wells's work is the first complete, accurate, and authoritative edition of Hall's casebook. It especially reveals Hall's compassion for his patients, his feelings of joy when they made a recovery, and his religious faith in relation to his medical skills.

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