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Medical care in early modern Venice

Bamji, Alex (2014) Medical care in early modern Venice. Economic History Working Paper Series, 188/2014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: 188/2014


In early modern Venice, a wide range of people offered care, goods and services for the health of the city’s numerous inhabitants. This study utilises Venice’s civic death registers to assess when and why the sick and dying accessed medical care, and how this changed over the course of the early modern period. The detailed registers permit consideration of the profile of medical practitioners, key aspects of patient identity, the involvement of institutions in the provision of medical care, and the relationship between type of illness and the propensity of the sufferer to seek medical support. This study assesses the type, number, density and distribution of practitioners in the city. It demonstrates that recourse to medical care was largely determined by age, social status and type of illness. The lack of financial resources or family support did not preclude access to medical care, due to a web of institutions which offered care to a diverse clientele.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2014 11:56
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 15:09

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