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By Deborah Madden

John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variants in his lifetime, making sure its well known and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century medication. this can be the 1st full-length research to check the theological, highbrow and cultural heritage to 1 of the period's so much winning clinical texts. through exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A affordable, secure and common drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley was once on a theological undertaking to recuperate the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside Primitive Physic recommend a realistic philosopher, whose predicament for non secular health and wellbeing didn't hinder him from offering sensible information to people who wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's considering additionally demonstrates a few of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist flow, corresponding to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic while spiritual 'enthusiasm' was once usually conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A reasonable, secure and ordinary drugs' should be of curiosity not just to scientific and literary historians, yet to somebody who's drawn to the way in which faith impacts drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and typical Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and useful Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an paintings or technological know-how in Eighteenth-Century England?** four protecting wellbeing and fitness, or a number of undeniable and simple Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A choice of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: affordable, secure and traditional medication for health and wellbeing and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**

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