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English and Italian health advice
Protestant and Catholic bodies
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This chapter expresses that anomalies and differences would have arisen between the various 'national' traditions which developed along with the vernacularisation of the genre during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It examines, from a comparative perspective, the ways in which aspects of the Non-Naturals were discussed. This helps us discern the national specificities of the regimen and to consider the extent to which medical ideas about these Non-Naturals were manipulated in order to shape or conform to an English Protestant identity, or an English, as opposed to a Catholic, Mediterranean body. The chapter considers the 'ideological' framework of the regimen in the two countries; perceptions about the impact of climate and air on the body and of the role played by the pores in maintaining health; advice on eating; and discussions of coitus.

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