Hippocrates to Harrison : Prevost


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Prevost, Jean, 1585-1631.
Medicaments for the poor, or, Physick for the common people ; secondly, Health for the rich and poor by diet, without physick, by Nich. Culpeper ...
London : Printed by John Streater for George Sawbridge ..., 1670.

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The two works published in this 1670 edition are both herbals written from the astrological perspective which was a major focus of renaissance medicine. Both also share anti-establishment intentions. Their appearance in English was intended to break the monopoly of apothecaries who used Latin as a way of protecting their monopoly. Both authors were controversial figures in their lifetime. Prevost was head of the Botanical Gardens in Padua, the epicentre of renaissance medicine and anti-clerical sentiment, while Culpeper was a Roundhead whose involvement in Herbalism was at least in part a reflection of his political beliefs. George Sawbridge, the publisher was responsible for the appearance of many astrological books.

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