Regimens, authors and readers
Italy and England compared
in Conserving health in early modern culture
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This chapter consider regimens as a discreet form of medical advice literature whose goal is the popularisation of expert recommendations about how to preserve health in everyday life through the correct management of one's lifestyle and, more precisely, of the spheres of activity that medical theory defined as the six Non-Naturals. It defines the timeline of the emergence of regimens in printed, vernacular form in Italy and England and of identifying the driving forces behind their rise. The chapter focuses on the social and intellectual profiles of medical authors and to the aims and ambitions which, at some point, turned them into agents of this dissemination of preventive awareness. It concerns the extent to which one can identify similar patterns in the chronology, authorship, aims and readerships of regimens in Italy and England.

Conserving health in early modern culture

Bodies and environments in Italy and England


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