Medicine, witchcraft and the politics of healing in late-seventeenth-century England

Elmer, Peter (2007). Medicine, witchcraft and the politics of healing in late-seventeenth-century England. In: Grell, Ole and Cunningham, Andrew eds. Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe. History of medicine in context. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 223–241.

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This paper examines the reaction of English physicians, particularly those from dissenting communities, to witchcraft and related beliefs within the context of the religious and political conflicts of the second half of the seventeenth century. It focuses particularly on the education of such physicians in the 'progressive' schools of Dutch medicine, as well as the growing politicisation of the medical 'profession' in this period.

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