By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variations in his lifetime, making sure its well known and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century drugs. this is often the 1st full-length learn to check the theological, highbrow and cultural historical past to at least one of the period's such a lot winning scientific texts. by way of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A affordable, secure and normal drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley was once on a theological project to recuperate the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside Primitive Physic recommend a practical philosopher, whose situation for non secular healthiness didn't hinder him from delivering functional suggestions to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates many of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist move, comparable to the best way he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst non secular 'enthusiasm' used to be frequently conflated with clinical 'quackery'. 'A affordable, secure and traditional drugs' may be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to somebody who's attracted to the way in which faith affects drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and average Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and functional Piety** three adventure and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technological know-how in Eighteenth-Century England?** four retaining healthiness, or a couple of simple and simple Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A selection of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: affordable, secure and average drugs for healthiness and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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63 For Clement of Alexandria, bodily health promoted mental agility, which in turn increased the capacity for self-control and moral rectitude. 65 Fasting not only imitated the Primitive Christians, it subdued the body, which preserved physical and spiritual health. 66 This important connection was made by St Ignatius, first-century Bishop of Antioch, in his Epistle to the Trallians. St Ignatius cautioned his reader to: Partake of Christian food exclusively; abstain from plants of alien growth, that is, heresy….
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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A Cheap, Safe and Natural Medicine. Religion, Medicine and Culture in John Wesley's Primitive Physic. (Clio Medica 83). (The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine) by Deborah Madden