Late Modern English Medical Texts

Writing medicine in the eighteenth century

Including the LMEMT Corpus

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| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
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The eighteenth century in medicine is a fallow period lying between the innovations of the Royal Society (1662–) with its new ways of doing science and the nineteenth-century achievements of clinical and laboratory medicine. The period deserves more attention, as the seeds of some modern approaches, like statistics leading to probabilities, date from this century. This volume provides a comprehensive description of the main developments in 1700–1800. Its main focus is on language use in context, with stylistic variation according to genres, authors and audiences. The volume is interdisciplinary: the chapters chart changes and continuities and draw on corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, history of medicine, digital humanities and computer science, and all studies are based on the corpus of Late Modern English Medical Texts (LMEMT). In addition, the volume contains a detailed description of corpus categories focusing on chronological coverage of the texts, criteria for inclusion, discourse forms, and background facts. The volume concludes with a Manual of the corpus, providing information about annotation conventions and examples of how the corpus can be used.

The book is accompanied by a CD-rom containing the corpus. The corpus consists of files in XML and TXT format, which can be used in various corpus research software programs.

[Not in series, 221]  2019.  xix, 432 pp., incl. CD-RoM
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
Conventions used in this book
List of abbreviations
List of contributors
Chapter 1. Towards new knowledge: The corpus of Late Modern English Medical Texts
Turo Hiltunen and Irma Taavitsainen
1–16
Chapter 2. Sociohistorical and cultural context of Late Modern English Medical Texts
Irma Taavitsainen, Peter Murray Jones and Turo Hiltunen
17–30
Chapter 3. Topics of eighteenth-century medical writing with triangulation of methods: LMEMT and the underlying reality
Irma Taavitsainen, Gerold Schneider and Peter Murray Jones
31–74
Chapter 4. Regimens and their readers in eighteenth-century England
David Gentilcore
75–88
Chapter 5. Medical case reports in Late Modern English
Anu Lehto and Irma Taavitsainen
89–111
Chapter 6. Household medicine and recipe culture in eighteenth-century Britain
Alun Withey
114–128
Chapter 7. Polite society language practices: Letters to the Editor in The Gentleman’s Magazine
Irma Taavitsainen
129–144
Chapter 8. Changing portrayals of medicine and patients in eighteenth-century medical writing: Lexical bundles in public health, methods, and case studies
Anu Lehto
145–172
Chapter 9. Professional and lay medical texts in the eighteenth century: A linguistic stylistic assessment
Irma Taavitsainen
173–197
Chapter 10. The symptom comes of age: Sign semantics from the Late Middle to the Late Modern English
Jukka Tyrkkö
199–227
Chapter 11. LMEMT category descriptions
229–336
11.1. General treatises and textbooks
Irma Taavitsainen
231–238
11.2. Specific treatises
241–278
11.2a. Diseases
Maura Ratia
243–249
11.2b. Methods
Anu Lehto and Irma Taavitsainen
251–260
11.2c. Therapeutic substances
Carla Suhr and Irma Taavitsainen
261–270
11.2d. Midwifery
Päivi Pahta
271–278
11.3. Medical recipe collections
Anu Lehto and Irma Taavitsainen
279–288
11.4. Regimens
Carla Suhr
289–297
11.5. Surgical and anatomical texts
Jukka Tyrkkö
299–306
11.6. Public health
Anu Lehto
307–315
11.7. Scientific periodicals: The Philosophical Transactions and the Edinburgh Medical Journal
Turo Hiltunen
317–320
11.8. General periodical: The Gentleman’s Magazine
Irma Taavitsainen
327–336
Chapter 12. Manual to the LMEMT corpus
Turo Hiltunen and Jukka Tyrkkö
337–358
Primary data: Catalogue of corpus texts
359–396
Other primary sources
397–400
References
401–420
Name index
421–424
Subject Index
425–432
“[T]he LMEMT corpus achieves what the compilers intended: it presents a excellent sampling of eighteenth-century medical writing and, alongside MEMT and EMEMT, provides continuity of corpus coverage from the medieval through the late modern English periods of medical writing in English. It is not only an indispensable resource for those interested in historical pragmatics and domain-specific language usage in the history of the English language, but also those interested in the history of medicine.”
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