Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Medical Paratexts from Medieval to Modern

Dissecting the Page

Editors: Tweed, Hannah C., Scott, Diane G. (Eds.)

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  • Broad temporal scope - examines paratexts from medieval to present day
    Examines a rich variety of paratexts
    Opens up wider scholarship into medical paratexts, spanning literary studies, pragmatics, and the medical humanities 

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About this book

This collection establishes the term ‘medical paratexts’ as a useful addition to medical humanities, book history, and literary studies research. As a relatively new field of study, little critical attention has been paid to medical paratexts. We understand paratext as the apparatus of graphic communication: title pages, prefaces, illustrations, marginalia, and publishing details which act as mediators between text and reader. Discussing the development of medical paratexts across scribal, print and digital media, the collection spans the medieval period to the twenty-first century. Dissecting the Page is structured in two thematic sections, underpinned by a shared examination of ideas of medical and lay readership and a history of reader response. The first section focuses on the production, reception, and use of medical texts. The second section analyses the role and significance of authority, access, and dissemination in discussions of health, medicine, and illness, for both lay and medical readerships.



About the authors

Hannah C. Tweed is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York, UK, on the ‘Cultures of Care’ project. She received her PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK, on representations of autism in contemporary literature and film. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with specialisations in disability studies and the medical humanities. 
 Diane G. Scott is the Research Associate for the AHRC Digital Transformations Theme and teaches in the department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow, UK. She received her PhD on late medieval book history from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her research focuses on fifteenth and sixteenth century literacy and literary culture.  


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Authority, Authenticity and Reputation: An Introduction to Medical Paratexts

    Tweed, Hannah C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • ‘[P]rophane fidlers’: Medical Paratexts and Indecent Readers in Early Modern England

    Newman, Harry

    Pages 15-41

  • Touching Twins in the Texts and Medical Paratexts of Seventeenth-Century Midwifery Books

    Powell, Louise

    Pages 43-56

  • Graphic Surgical Practice in the Handbills of Seventeenth-Century London Irregulars

    Mullini, Roberta

    Pages 57-73

  • Profit and Paratexts: The Economics of Pharmaceutical Packaging in the Long Nineteenth Century

    Mainwaring, Laura

    Pages 75-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Paratexts from Medieval to Modern
Book Subtitle
Dissecting the Page
Editors
  • Hannah C. Tweed
  • Diane G. Scott
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73426-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73426-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73425-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08786-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 178
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations
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