Summary: Katritzky''s main focus is on plays and players, but her assiduous research has assembled as much as could be hoped for on the extremely elusive presence of women in early modern performative medicine. Her detailed study provides a storehouse of invaluable information, as well as decisive interventions in debates over the nature of early modern theatre.''Margaret Pelling, Reader in Social History of Medicine, University of OxfordDrawing on a comprehensive range of early modern Britis ...show moreh, German and other European images and texts, this study offers the first interdisciplinary gendered assessment of early modern performing itinerant quacks. The contribution of women is taken as the focus for an investigation of the nature of the links between the theatrical and the medical, in the activities of quack troupes as they went about curing, selling and, above all, performing. Well illustrated, accessibly presented, and drawing on a comprehensive range of historical documents, including British, German and other European images, and literary as well as non-literary texts (many previously unconsidered in this context), this study offers the first interdisciplinary gendered assessment of early modern performing itinerant healers (mountebanks, charlatans and quacksalvers).As Katritzky shows, quacks, male or female, combined, in widely varying proportions, three elements: the medical, the itinerant and the theatrical. Above all, they were performers. They used theatricality, in its widest possible sense, to attract customers and to promote and advertise their pharmaceuticals and health care services. Katritzky investigates here the performative aspects of quack marketing and healing methods, and their profound links with the rise of Europe''s professional actresses, fields of enquiry which are only now beginning to attract significant attention from historians of medicine, economics or the theatre.Women, Medicine and Theatre also recovers women''s roles in the economy of the itin ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 07
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