Healthcare and Housewifery
Thursday 6 October 2011, 19.00-20.30
How did people ward off sickness in Shakespeare’s England? While
some turned to medical practitioners, many relied on homemade
medicines and remedies.
Housewives acted as the first line of defence
against the onslaught of sickness, armed with treasured recipes and
bottles of waters and syrups. Explore the contents of their
precious recipe collections, and the role of women as physicians in
early modern England.
This event includes time for you to view
unique manuscripts from the Wellcome Library’s special
Speaker: Dr Elaine Leong,
historian of early modern medicine and science,
University of Cambridge.
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