The Journal of the History of Medicine has just published a special issue dedicated to Renaissance Surgery featuring contributions from Michael McVaugh, Vivian Nutton, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Cynthia Klestinec, Tawrin Baker, Allen Shotwell, and Paolo Savoia. Read on to find out more!
“In Spring 2015, the present authors met at a conference and bemoaned the relative paucity of scholarship on Renaissance surgery, a time that saw the rise of fire weapons and corresponding wounds, the emergence of a seemingly unknown disease from the New World, and the publication of major ancient treatises. We were struck, in contrast, by the richness of scholarship on the history of anatomy and the variety of methodological approaches it displays—intellectual history and the history of philosophy, history of the book, social history, and visual and literary studies. Our exchange led to a workshop held at Indiana University, Bloomington, in October of that year; the present collection stems from papers delivered on that occasion. The essays collected in this special issue present some key elements of a much larger puzzle: the relationship among medical teachers, practitioners, and texts; the responses to traditional and novel medical conditions; and the navigation of professional concerns in systems of care that were undergoing gradual but consequential change. We very much hope that the present collection will be seen as a useful starting point for broader and more extensive investigations.”
From the introduction by Cynthia Klestinec and Domenico Bertoloni Meli to the special issue of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences on Renaissance Surgery. With essays by Michael McVaugh, Vivian Nutton, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Cynthia Klestinec, Tawrin Baker, Allen Shotwell, and Paolo Savoia. https://academic-oup-com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/jhmas/issue/72/1