By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variants in his lifetime, making sure its well known and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century medication. this can be the 1st full-length learn to ascertain the theological, highbrow and cultural historical past to 1 of the period's such a lot profitable scientific texts. by means of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and common medication' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley used to be on a theological project to get better the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a realistic philosopher, whose problem for non secular overall healthiness didn't hinder him from delivering sensible counsel to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's pondering additionally demonstrates the various struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist stream, comparable to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst spiritual 'enthusiasm' used to be frequently conflated with clinical 'quackery'. 'A affordable, secure and average medication' could be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to a person who's attracted to the best way faith impacts drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific 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 useful Piety** three adventure and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four holding overall healthiness, or a number of simple and simple Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A number of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and usual medication for overall healthiness and lengthy Life** 6 end: the quest for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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Rivers, op. cit. (note 14). For a classic account of this pessimistic view, see M. Horkheimer and T. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment, trans J. Cumming (London: Allen Lane, 1973). I. ) Kant’s Political Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970), 54–60. This recent scholarship includes Grell and Porter (eds), op. cit (note 6), and Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), op. cit (note 23). The introduction to the latter provides an excellent historiography because of the complete, yet succinct, synthesis of the existing material.
Cit. (note 16). To some extent Rousseau’s article follows a similar trajectory to A. Wesley Hill’s John Wesley Among the Physicians: A 27 Deborah Madden 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Study of Eighteenth-Century Medicine (London: Epworth Press, 1958) in that it provides a brief overview of Wesley’s medical practice. J. ), Studies in Church History, Vol. 19, The Church and Healing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), also provides a brief explication of Wesley’s ‘amateur’ medicine in the context of Methodist spiritual healing.
See D. Outram, ‘The Enlightenment Our Contemporary’, in Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), op. cit (note 23), 32–40. D. Jewson, ‘Medical Knowledge and the Patronage System in EighteenthCentury England’, Sociology, 8 (1974), 369–85; R. Porter and D. J. Lawrence, op. cit. (note 28); J. Brewer and Roy Porter (eds), Consumption and the World of Goods (London: Routledge, 1993). These scholars have identified the diversity of medical practitioners operating in a non-regulated marketplace. D. D. Walsh, C.