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The Healing Art: Early Modern Economies of Care

The Bullitt History of Medicine Club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice are constructed by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students and members of the community.

In this program, Mandy Fowler (doctoral student in English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill) will present a talk titled “The Healing Art: Early Modern Practices of Giving and Receiving Care.”

“The Healing Art” explores practices of giving and receiving care as they existed in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. In this presentation, Mandy will share insights from their research as the 2022-2023 McLendon-Thomas Award Fellow with the Wilson Library Rare Books Collection. As a Fellow, Mandy used a variety of materials, including medical guides for physicians and household caregivers, familial letters and legal documents, and other printed or manuscript texts to better understand the complexities of caregiving from the perspectives of both the givers and receivers of care. Mandy’s research pays particular attention to the ways in which materiality and social dynamics influenced early modern approaches to care.

Register for this virtual event here. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lectures, Readings and Talks  


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