A New Order of Medicine

The Rise of Physicians in Reformation Nuremberg

Hannah Murphy takes us on a fascinating adventure through the professional world of Renaissance physicians, illuminating the civic commitments that shaped their identity, the new and traditional areas of expertise they relied on, and the richness of their own scriptorial and editorial experiences. Her book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of Galenism, the professional contours of medicine, and the Reformation among learned figures in the early modern period.
Cynthia Klestinec, author of Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice

The sixteenth century saw an unprecedented growth in the number of educated physicians practicing in German cities. Concentrating on Nuremberg, A New Order of Medicine follows the intertwined careers of municipal physicians as they encountered the challenges of the Reformation city for the first time. Although conservative in their professed Galenism, these men were eclectic in their practices, which ranged from book collecting to botany to subversive anatomical experimentations. Their interests and ambitions lead to local controversy. Over a twenty-year campaign, apothecaries were wrested from their place at the forefront of medical practice, no longer able to innovate remedies, while physicians, recent arrivals in the city, established themselves as the leading authorities. Examining archives, manuscript records, printed texts, and material and visual sources, and considering a wide range of diseases, Hannah Murphy offers the first systematic interpretation of the growth of elite medical “practice,” its relationship to Galenic theory, and the emergence of medical order in the contested world of the German city.

272 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

April, 2019

isbn : 9780822945604

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Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy is a senior postdoctoral research fellow at King’s College London.

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