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8 Medical Licensing in Late Medieval Portugal

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Royal promotion of medical licensing begs the question of why kings might have been interested in regulating healthcare. Medieval historians have argued that the interests of medieval towns in public health and healthcare provision were bound up in their understanding of their legal identities, perhaps based on the rediscovery of Roman law from the twelfth century. This chapter explores some of the reasons why Portuguese kings may have initiated and expanded a system of medical licensing in their lands. It argues that kings did not issue licenses in a vacuum. Their ability to enforce a licensing system seems to have depended on local politics and occupational and religious identities, most of which are obscure, even if they incorporated it into their governmentality because it genuinely meant something to them. Kings may actually have learned its value from their own townspeople; medical licensing was perhaps originally a form of "governmentality".

Keywords: governmentality; medical licensing; medieval towns; Portuguese kings; Roman law



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