Medical Consulting by Letter in France, 1665–1789

Author(s): 
Weston, Robert
ISBN: 
9781409452171
Date published: 
April 2013
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00

Ailing seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French men and women, members of their families, or their local physician or surgeon, could write to high profile physicians and surgeons seeking expert medical advice. This study, the first full-length examination of the practice of consulting by letter, provides a cohesive portrayal of some of the widespread ailments of French society in the latter part of the early modern period. It makes a unique contribution to the history of medicine, as no other study has been undertaken in the consulting by letter of surgeons, as opposed to physicians.