A View from the Streets: Women and Medical Work in Elizabethan London

@article{Harkness2008AVF,
  title={A View from the Streets: Women and Medical Work in Elizabethan London},
  author={Deborah E. Harkness},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={82},
  pages={52 - 85}
}
  • D. Harkness
  • Published 10 March 2008
  • History, Medicine, Political Science
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
In Elizabethan London, women occupied a significant position in the city's medical marketplace, both as consumers of medical services and as practitioners. Though male medical authors of the period objected to the presence and practices of these women, a very different view of their medical work emerges if we shift our historical vantage point to the streets, houses, churches, and hospitals of the city. Using relatively underutilized sources such as parish records, probate records, lists of… 
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