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By John Slater, José Pardo-Tomás

Early sleek Spain used to be a world empire during which a startling number of clinical cultures got here into touch, and sometimes clash, with each other. Spanish infantrymen, ambassadors, missionaries, sailors, and emigrants of every type carried with them to the farthest reaches of the monarchy their very own principles approximately affliction and well-being. those rules have been, in flip, inspired via neighborhood cultures. This quantity tells the tale of encounters between scientific cultures within the early smooth Spanish empire. The twelve chapters draw upon a wide selection of resources, starting from drama, poetry, and sermons to broadsheets, commute bills, chronicles, and Inquisitorial records; and it surveys a massive neighborhood scope, from Mexico, to the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Germany. jointly, those essays suggest a brand new interpretation of the stream, reception, appropriation, and elaboration of rules and practices with regards to disorder and health and wellbeing, intercourse, monstrosity, and demise, in a ancient second marked by way of non-stop cross-pollination between associations and populations with a made up our minds stake within the functioning and keep an eye on of the human physique. eventually, the amount discloses how scientific cultures supplied demographic, analytical, or even geographic instruments that constituted a selected type of map of information and perform, upon which have been plotted: the neighborhood utilities of pharmacological discoveries; remedies for social unrest or decline; areas for political and institutional fight; and evolving understandings of monstrousness and normativity. scientific Cultures of the Early smooth Spanish Empire places the heritage of early glossy Spanish drugs on a brand new footing within the English-speaking global.

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