A Cheap, Safe and Natural Medicine. Religion, Medicine and by Deborah Madden

By Deborah Madden

John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variations in his lifetime, making sure its renowned and debatable prestige in eighteenth-century medication. this can be the 1st full-length research to ascertain the theological, highbrow and cultural heritage to 1 of the period's so much winning scientific texts. via exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and average drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley used to be on a theological challenge to get well the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside Primitive Physic recommend a practical philosopher, whose situation for non secular future health didn't hinder him from delivering useful suggestions to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates a number of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist flow, corresponding to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic while spiritual 'enthusiasm' used to be usually conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A affordable, secure and typical medication' might be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to an individual who's attracted to the best way faith impacts medication. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The clinical Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and normal Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and useful Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an paintings or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four conserving health and wellbeing, or a number of undeniable and simple Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A choice of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and usual drugs for health and wellbeing and lengthy Life** 6 end: the quest for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**

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Introduction sum total of their individual remedies, but constitute substantive meaning and argument in their articulation. Chapter 5 thus hopes to bring to light these complex bodies of knowledge and attendant medical debates current in eighteenth-century England. The enumerative style of Primitive Physic was a mechanism used by Wesley to assemble complex bodies of knowledge. It was also his way of rooting Primitive Physic in that tradition of medical empiricism espoused by Robert Boyle – though, as will become clear, Wesley drew on a variety of other eighteenth-century medical sources.

39 It is constructed in all of his work, but the perspective in Primitive Physic is quite clear. Dying is inevitable, yet God has planted in man a strong desire to live. If man is plagued with a thousand disorders, the human goal involves actively recovering the sense of wholeness, purity and perfection (through grace) which characterised the original order. 40 Before any attempt could be made to recover that happy state of grace, man had to begin by accepting that he lived in the grip of a mighty power, that of the flesh.

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Study of Eighteenth-Century Medicine (London: Epworth Press, 1958) in that it provides a brief overview of Wesley’s medical practice. J. ), Studies in Church History, Vol. 19, The Church and Healing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), also provides a brief explication of Wesley’s ‘amateur’ medicine in the context of Methodist spiritual healing. G. R. Riddell, ‘Wesley’s System of Medicine’, New York Medical Journal, 99 (1914), 64–8 and G. Dock, ‘The Primitive Physick of Revd John Wesley: A Picture of Eighteenth-Century Medicine’, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 64 (1915), 629–38.

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