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ORIGINS OF MODERNITY

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Barrough, Philip (fl. 1590)
The method of physick : containing the causes, signes, and cures of inward diseases in mans body from the head to the foote: whereunto is added the forme and rule of making remedies and medicines, which our physitions commonly use at this day, with the proportion, quantity, and names of each medicine.
6th edition
London : Imprinted by Richard Field, 1624.

Image from Barrough's Method of physick

This work was a popular compendium of all matters medical. It went through many editions and provides a good overview of the state of medical knowledge in the early decades of the seventeenth century. As for the common practice of blood-letting Barrough has this to say. "If age or weakness doe prohibyte bloudletting, you must use boxing".

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