By Deborah Madden
John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three variants in his lifetime, making sure its well known and debatable prestige in eighteenth-century drugs. this can be the 1st full-length learn to ascertain the theological, highbrow and cultural history to 1 of the period's such a lot winning clinical texts. by means of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and average drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and medication. Wesley was once on a theological challenge to get well the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a realistic philosopher, whose crisis for religious healthiness didn't hinder him from supplying useful information to people who wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's pondering additionally demonstrates the various struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist flow, corresponding to the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic whilst non secular 'enthusiasm' was once usually conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A reasonable, secure and normal drugs' may be of curiosity not just to clinical and literary historians, yet to an individual who's drawn to the best way faith affects drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The clinical Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 advent: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and average Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and useful Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an paintings or technology in Eighteenth-Century England?** four maintaining future health, or a number of simple and straightforward Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A choice of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and common drugs for well-being and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**
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Wesley Hill’s John Wesley Among the Physicians: A 27 Deborah Madden 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Study of Eighteenth-Century Medicine (London: Epworth Press, 1958) in that it provides a brief overview of Wesley’s medical practice. J. ), Studies in Church History, Vol. 19, The Church and Healing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), also provides a brief explication of Wesley’s ‘amateur’ medicine in the context of Methodist spiritual healing. G. R. Riddell, ‘Wesley’s System of Medicine’, New York Medical Journal, 99 (1914), 64–8 and G.
S. King, The Medical World of the Eighteenth Century (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958), summarised Wesley’s contribution to medicine. King argued that Wesley represented the best of the empiric tradition in medicine (39). M. Lyles, Methodism Mocked: The Satiric Reaction to Methodism in the Eighteenth Century (London: Epworth Press, 1960). G. Lavington, The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Compared, 2nd edn (London, 1754), H. V. Deporte (California: University of California Press, 1966).
It was also his way of rooting Primitive Physic in that tradition of medical empiricism espoused by Robert Boyle – though, as will become clear, Wesley drew on a variety of other eighteenth-century medical sources. This makes it difficult to simply regard Primitive Physic as belonging to that class of ‘kitchen-physic’ prevalent in late-seventeenth century England. The remedies suggested by Wesley are subjected to a two-fold analysis. This involves looking at exactly how Wesley’s remedies compare to those of other contemporary medical practitioners and noting the way in which articles change over time in various editions of Primitive Physic.