By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variations in his lifetime, making sure its renowned and debatable prestige in eighteenth-century medication. this can be the 1st full-length examine to check the theological, highbrow and cultural heritage to 1 of the period's so much profitable scientific texts. through exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and traditional drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and medication. Wesley was once on a theological venture to get better the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a practical philosopher, whose obstacle for non secular future health didn't hinder him from delivering useful advice to people who wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's pondering additionally demonstrates a number of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist flow, reminiscent of the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst spiritual 'enthusiasm' was once usually conflated with clinical 'quackery'. 'A reasonable, secure and usual drugs' can be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to someone who's drawn 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 usual Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and sensible Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four keeping healthiness, or a couple of undeniable and straightforward Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A selection of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: affordable, secure and usual drugs for well-being and lengthy Life** 6 end: the quest for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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J. Brill, 1995). Also, M. De Porte, Nightmares and Hobbyhorses: Swift, Sterne and Augustan Ideas of Madness (San Marino, CA: The Huntington Library, 1974) and the introductory chapter by Ole Peter Grell and Roy Porter in which they see how Enlightenment physicians allude to the affinity between sectaries and lunatics: ‘In individuals such aberrations had long been blamed on demonic possession; now it was the turn of entire religious sects to be “demonized” on medico–philosophical authority…’ (5).
Cit. (note 1), xv. The ‘neighbouring nation’ referred to is Ireland, but Primitive Physic was also printed in Wales and France. H. Plumb, England in the Eighteenth Century (London: Penguin, 1950), 95–6. There are numerous references to Wesley’s populist and ‘unorthodox’ scientific leanings – too many to cite. 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.
Paradoxically, by focusing sharply on his medical manual, Wesley’s entire intellectual field of vision is brought vibrantly to life. In working through the local concerns and interests articulated in Primitive Physic, one can clearly see the way in which Wesley engaged in the larger context of eighteenth-century intellectual life. Following the contours of Wesley’s thinking, through all of its contradictory twists and turns, and over vastly contrasting areas of interest, has helped to create more meaningful connections.
A Cheap, Safe and Natural Medicine. Religion, Medicine and Culture in John Wesley's Primitive Physic. (Clio Medica 83). (The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine) by Deborah Madden