By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) completed twenty-three versions in his lifetime, making sure its renowned and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century drugs. this is often the 1st full-length examine to ascertain the theological, highbrow and cultural history to at least one of the period's so much profitable scientific texts. by means of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A affordable, secure and common drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley was once on a theological venture to recuperate the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a practical philosopher, whose situation for religious healthiness didn't hinder him from delivering functional tips to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates many of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist circulation, similar to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst non secular 'enthusiasm' used to be usually conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A reasonable, secure and traditional drugs' might be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to an individual who's attracted to the way in which faith impacts drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The clinical Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 advent: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and ordinary Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and sensible Piety** three adventure and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technological know-how in Eighteenth-Century England?** four keeping overall healthiness, or a number of undeniable and straightforward Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A selection of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and common drugs for health and wellbeing and lengthy Life** 6 end: the quest for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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Here, I will refer only to those key works where this argumentation is made explicit. H. Plumb. See R. Porter, Mind Forg’d Manacles: A History of Madness in England from the Restoration to the Regency (London: Penguin, 1987), Health For Sale: Quackery in England 1660–1850 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989); R. ), Patients and Practitioners (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985). See also A. Suzuki, ‘AntiLockean Enlightenment? Mind and Body in Early Eighteenth-Century English Medicine’, in R.
The enumerative style of Primitive Physic was a mechanism used by Wesley to assemble complex bodies of knowledge. It was also his way of rooting Primitive Physic in that tradition of medical empiricism espoused by Robert Boyle – though, as will become clear, Wesley drew on a variety of other eighteenth-century medical sources. This makes it difficult to simply regard Primitive Physic as belonging to that class of ‘kitchen-physic’ prevalent in late-seventeenth century England. The remedies suggested by Wesley are subjected to a two-fold analysis.
Chapter 5 thus hopes to bring to light these complex bodies of knowledge and attendant medical debates current in eighteenth-century England. The enumerative style of Primitive Physic was a mechanism used by Wesley to assemble complex bodies of knowledge. It was also his way of rooting Primitive Physic in that tradition of medical empiricism espoused by Robert Boyle – though, as will become clear, Wesley drew on a variety of other eighteenth-century medical sources. This makes it difficult to simply regard Primitive Physic as belonging to that class of ‘kitchen-physic’ prevalent in late-seventeenth century England.