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'A Remedy For His Beast': Popular Veterinary Texts In Early Modern England

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The strongest evidence of the presence of a system of health care for early modern animals, however, lies in the wealth of contemporary, English language texts on the subject. This chapter discusses the various types of popular veterinary literature available in order to illustrate the existence of an organized, easily accessible structure of animal health care in early modern England. Medical advice, in the form of preventative and remedial health care, appeared in various types of publications in early modern England. The primary audience for Latin medical books were members of the College of Physicians whose classical education would have included Latin, and sometimes Greek. The fifth non-natural of evacuation was based on periodical treatments to purge the body whether by bleeding or other types of evacuation 'to preserve and keep their health'.

Keywords: animal health care; early modern England; Latin; popular veterinary literature



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