People have always suffered from diseases, though they have not always been able to deal with it effectively. In this lecture, I will describe how people dealt with illness in 17th century England. In particular, I will focus on the idea of household (that is home-based) production of medicines. I will describe some common (and uncommon) preparations, as well as describe the sources of materials for their various pharmacological concoctions, describing the kinds of cures that could be had by poor and rich alike, as well as those more exotic remedies that often required ingredients like gold, mercury, and unicorn horns.
Dr. Benjamin Goldberg is a historian of science, philosophy, and medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, and joined the faculty of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida in 2013. His work concerns the intersection of medicine and philosophy in later Renaissance and Early Modern Europe, focusing especially on anatomical dissection, medical recipes, and scientific methodology. He enjoys bringing his dog to class (as do his students). For some of his academic background, teaching, and work, please see: metabenny.com