Table of Contents and Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Preface: "The Most Difficult Thing"
One: A Physician's Life: A Brief Thematic Biography
Two: A Physician's Casebooks
Three: The Past: Evaluating the Patient
Four: The Past: Determining the Patient's Temperament
Five: The Present: What is a Disease?
Six: The Present: Mayerne's Diagnosis in Social Context
Seven: The Future: Prognosis
Eight: The Future: Therapeutics
Nine: The Death of Prince Henry
Ten: Mayerne as Baroque Physician
Appendix One: A Guide to the Ephemerides morborum
Appendix Two: Entries by Year and Type
Tables and Figures
6.1 Most Common Diagnoses, 1611-24
6.2 Disease Vocabulary in the Bills of Mortality
1.1 Rubens' portrait of Mayerne
1.2 Anonymous portrait at the L.R.C.P.L.
1.3 Engraving of Mayerne
1.4 Title page of Mayerne's Opera medica (1703)
2.1 Index to a volume of the Ephemerides
2.2 Letter Division from the Ephemerides
2.3 Title page of Fernel's Universa medicina
2.4 Title page of Mayerne's Particular Therapeutics
2.5 Rivière's Opera medica universa
2.6 The four-part structure of Mayerne's case notes
4.1 Humors, Qualities, and Seasons
4.2 Signs of temperament
5.1 Mayerne's understanding of therapeutics, Sl. 1184
8.1 Title page of Mayerne's Treatise on the Gout
I am tremendously grateful for the support of many people whose advice and assistance made it possible for me to complete this book. Michael McVaugh was an inspiring dissertation advisor, consistently encouraging me to see more possibilities in the documents. He has improved this book in more ways than I can mention. John Headley and Peter English were enthusiastic readers of the manuscript at various stages in its evolution and have kept me from many mistakes. I also thank Stephen Baxter, Lloyd Kramer, David Harley, Hugh Trevor-Roper (Lord Dacre of Glanton), George Taylor, Seymour Mouskopf, Melissa Bullard, William Birken, Jonathan Houghton, Michael Hunter, Andrew Wear, Vivian Nutton, Martin Porter, Laurence Brockliss, Frances Dawburn, William Eamon, Joni Perri, Dana Kay Strassle, and Ann Downer-Hazell. I owe a debt to Christie Young, Joan Allen, and two anonymous readers who gave me numerous helpful suggestions. The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made possible a quick reconnaissance trip to London and later provided for a semester of uninterrupted writing. The University of South Carolina and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, together allowed me to spend a summer in various London archives. Coastal Carolina University has also provided a steady stream of research support of various kinds, and I am particularly grateful for the assistance of the Department of History, and the Inter-Library Loan staff at Kimbel Library.
This book is dedicated to Will and Andy.