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Title

Scenes of Mediation: Staging Medicine in the Spanish Interludes

AuthorsSlater, John; López Terrada, María Luz
Issue Date2010
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationSocial History of Medicine (2010)
AbstractThis article examines the representation of medicine and medical practitioners in the dramatic interludes (entremeses) of early modern Spain, highlighting the way these short works dramatise the contact between academic and popular medical practices. Dramatic interludes, frequently ignored by historians of literature, constitute a valuable resource for the historian interested in seventeenth-century representations of medicine and medical practitioners. Physicians, surgeons, apothecaries and unofficial medical practitioners regularly appear on stage, providing historians with a fascinating view of the social currency of medical images during a time when drama was almost a national obsession. By exploring the characterisation of a number of medical practitioners -including physicians, barber-surgeons, vendors of simples and charismatic healers- as well as the diseases they treated, we address one of the thorniest problems facing the history of Spanish medicine, thereby bridging the gap between the elite world of academic medicine and its popular reception.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/83775
DOI10.1093/shm/hkq050
Identifiersdoi: 10.1093/shm/hkq050
issn: 1477-4666
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