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DundeeRenaissance to Enlightenment$
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Charles McKean, Bob Harris, and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860165

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.001.0001

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Life Outside the Medical Centre

Life Outside the Medical Centre

Health and Sickness in Early Modern Dundee

Chapter (p.111) 5 Life Outside the Medical Centre

Elizabeth Foyster

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the methods of care and medical services in early modern Dundee, on medical relationships, how the system worked, and the role of women. It shows that although Dundee was without its own centres of medical education and training, its population could resort to a range of medical opinions and resources. Medical care was largely administered at home and often by the patient themselves or other family members. Dundee's authorities took steps to ensure minimum standards of medical care, and medical crises such as plague were managed with some degree of efficiency. It was acceptable for elite women to explore herbal cures that might benefit their families as well as themselves, but by the end of the period, midwives who had hitherto earned their living from their medical knowledge were subject to greater supervision.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, medical care, medical services, early modern period, public health, midwives, health care

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