Lifestyle and Medicine in the Enlightenment: The Six Non-Naturals in the Long Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

James Kennaway, Rina Knoeff

Routledge
March 25, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 360 Pages - 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138610705 - CAT# K389078
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Summary

The biggest challenges in public health today are often related to attitudes, diet and exercise. In many ways, this marks a return to the state of medicine in the eighteenth century, when ideals of healthy living were a much more central part of the European consciousness than they have become since the advent of modern clinical medicine. Enlightenment advice on healthy lifestyle was often still discussed in terms of the six non-naturals - airs and places, food and drink, exercise, excretion and retention, and sleep and emotions. This volume examines what it meant to live healthily in the Enlightenment in the context of those non-naturals, showing both the profound continuities from Antiquity and the impact of newer conceptions of the body.

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