医学史大家 Vivian Nutton 的新著 Renaissance Medicine: A Short History of European Medicine in the Sixteenth Century 于2022年4月8日在 Routledge 社出版。本书是对欧洲文艺复兴时期医学的概览，以历史语境、人物和观念三个视角组织篇章，并在四百余页的篇幅中，涉及了一系列激动人心的主题，包括：外来药物与新疾病对欧洲医学的影响、医学知识传播的媒介、盖伦主义的作用、作为现代性试金石的解剖学、女性与家庭医学的地位与实践、非基督教行医者的边缘化等。这本新书可与 Nutton 的 Ancient Medicine 构成一个系列，作为西方医学史教学的重要参考书。
This volume offers a comprehensive historical survey of medicine in sixteenth-century Europe and examines both medical theories and practices within their intellectual and social context.
Nutton investigates the changes brought about in medicine by the opening-up of the European world to new drugs and new diseases, such as syphilis and the Sweat, and by the development of printing and more efficient means of communication. Chapters examine how civic institutions such as Health Boards, hospitals, town doctors and healers became more significant in the fight against epidemic disease, and special attention is given to the role of women and domestic medicine. The final section, on beliefs, explores the revised Galenism of academic medicine, including a new emphasis on anatomy and its most vocal antagonists, Paracelsians. The volume concludes by considering the effect of religious changes on medicine, including the marginalisation, and often expulsion, of non-Christian practitioners.
Based on a wide reading of primary sources from literature and art across Europe, Renaissance Medicine is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of the history of medicine and disease in the sixteenth century.
Vivian Nutton FBA is emeritus professor of the History of Medicine at UCL. He has written widely on pre-modern medicine. His many books include Galen, a Thinking Doctor in Imperial Rome, Routledge, 2020. He is at present revising his Ancient Medicine (2nd edition, Routledge, 2013).