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Laurent Joubert was an important figure in the medical world of the French Renaissance. Born in 1529, he became a doctor at age 29 and shortly thereafter was appointed personal physician to Catherine de Medici and later became physician to three French monarchs. Joubert was an educator as well as a physician, and he wrote several works of medical literature, including his most controversial work, Erreurs populaires. While the work focuses on popular misconceptions concerning medicine and physicians in France in the 1500s, it also represents a wealth of information on the social, economic, political, and religious worldviews that framed and thus supported the development and conduct of medical science.

Gregory de Rocher’s skill as a translator brings this highly readable and very funny book to life. Many topics central to Joubert’s thesis in the 1500s remain contemporary themes in the popular and scholarly literature of the 1980s.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Quotations
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Translator's Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxvi
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  1. Preliminary Matter
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  1. Apologetic Letter by Louys Bertrauan
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  1. Letter by the Author to His Friends
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  1. The Five Books of Popular Errors
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. Medley [1578]
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. Medley [1579]
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Letter by the Author to the Broad-Minded and Studious Reader
  2. pp. 24-244
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 245-281
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 282-327
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 328-348
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817390365
Related ISBN
9780817304089
MARC Record
OCLC
597425125
Pages
374
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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