By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) completed twenty-three versions in his lifetime, making sure its well known and debatable prestige in eighteenth-century drugs. this can be the 1st full-length research to check the theological, highbrow and cultural history to at least one of the period's such a lot winning scientific texts. by means of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and normal medication' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley used to be on a theological undertaking to get better the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside Primitive Physic recommend a realistic philosopher, whose trouble for religious wellbeing and fitness didn't hinder him from delivering functional assistance to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates a few of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist stream, akin to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic while non secular 'enthusiasm' used to be usually conflated with clinical 'quackery'. 'A affordable, secure and ordinary medication' could be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to someone who's drawn to the best way faith affects drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and normal Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and useful Piety** three adventure and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an paintings or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four maintaining future health, or a number of simple and simple Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A choice of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and traditional drugs for healthiness and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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Cit. (note 14); R. ), The Enlightenment in National Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981). The analysis Roy Porter offers in his earlier works (see note 4 above) concerning Wesley’s contribution to medicine differs significantly to that given in his later work, which is more explicit in its identification of Wesley’s empiricism. This can be seen particularly in R. S. Rousseau, Gout: The Patrician Malady (London: Yale University Press, 2000). Wesley, op. cit. (note 1), xi Rousseau, op cit.
Hales was eager to point out to his medical colleagues that man’s body was a beautiful symmetrical structure that reflected the ‘brightness’ of his soul: What a vast variety of parts differing from each other, are nourished by the same blood, whereby we are cloathed with skin and flesh and fenced with bones and sinews, and all those parts are, not only in themselves of an admirable texture, but also justly adapted to be useful to each other? 30 Wesley’s first ‘University sermon’, The Image of God, which he preached at St Mary’s in 1730, made frequent use of contemporary medical language, borrowing phrases such as ‘open’ and ‘obstructed’ vessels to explain man’s 35 Deborah Madden state before and after the Fall.
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. Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), ‘Introduction’, op. cit (note 23), 3–31: 20. J. Lane, A Social History of Medicine: Health, Healing and Disease in England, 1750–1950 (London: Routledge, 2001); A. Guerrini, Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000); Clark, Golinski and Schaffer (eds), op.