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Hospital Life

Theory and Practice from the Medieval to the Modern

Edited By Laurinda Abreu and Sally Sheard

This edited volume originates in the 2011 conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, held in Lisbon and Évora, Portugal. It focuses on how institutions for the care and cure of the sick have organised their activities at every level, from the delegation of medical treatments between groups of practitioners, to the provision of food and supplies and the impact of convalescence on lengths of hospital stays. It draws on new European and North American research which highlights an area of medical history that has not yet had adequate, sustained attention, discussing the tensions between theory and practice and between patients and practitioners. Through detailed case studies and comparative analyses it explores the changing and evolving understanding of the function of hospitals, and their wider relationships with their communities.


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Laurinda Abreu is Professor at Évora University, Portugal. She is direc- tor at the Évora University of the Erasmus Mundus PhD, PhoenixJDP – Dynamics of Health and Welfare. She was the coordinator (2001– 2009) of the Phoenix TN – European Thematic Network on Health and Social Welfare Policy. She is President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health. Her recent publications include L. Abreu and P. Bourdelais (eds), The Price of Life: Welfare Systems, Social Nets and Economic Growth (Lisbon: Colibri, 2007). Her two books on the Portuguese poor relief and health care in the early modern period are forthcoming. Jon Arrizabalaga is Research Professor in the History of Science at the Institución Milà i Fontanals (IMF), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. His research interests mainly focus on medi- cine, disease and health care in late medieval and early modern Europe. His publications include J. Arrizabalaga, J. Henderson and R. French, The Great Pox. The French Disease in Renaissance Europe (New Haven, Yale UP: 1997); O.P. Grell, A. Cunningham & J. Arrizabalaga (eds), Health Care and Poor Relief in Counter-Reformation Europe (London: Routledge, 1999); T. Huguet-Termes, J. Arrizabalaga & H.J. Cook (eds), Health and medicine in Hapsburg Spain: agents, practices, representations, Medical History, Supp. 29 (2009); O.P. Grell, A. Cunningham & J. Arrizabalaga (eds), Centres of medical excellence?: Medical travel and education in Europe, 1500–1789 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010). Recently, he has begun research on war medi- cine and humanitarianism in modern Europe, especially the International Red Cross...

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