Hannah Newton

in The Sick Child in Early Modern England, 1580-1720

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650491
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741647 | DOI:

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The Conclusion draws together the book’s main arguments: A concept of ‘children’s physic’ existed: rooted in ancient Galenic medical theory, children were regarded as physiologically distinctive, and in need of special medical treatment. Parents and relatives devoted considerable effort to the care of their sick children, and experienced intense grief when they were in pain or dying. Gender had a limited impact in these contexts. Sickness was in some ways experienced positively by children, owing to the attention and love shown during illness, and the notion that pain was good for the soul. Emotions were thought to be liquids which affected the body; the mind and body were intimately linked. Parent-child relations were often extremely loving; children reciprocated warmly their parents’ affection.

Keywords: children; paediatrics; age; gender; parents; emotion; pain; providence; salvation; death

Chapter.  2684 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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