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Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany

Alisha Rankin


This book provides a book-length study of noblewomen's healing activities in early modern Europe. Drawing on rich archival sources, it demonstrates that numerous German noblewomen were deeply involved in making medicines and recommending them to patients, and many gained widespread fame for their remedies. Turning a common historical argument on its head, the book maintains that noblewomen's pharmacy came to prominence not in spite of their gender but because of it. It demonstrates the ways in which noblewomen's pharmacy was bound up in notions of charity, class, religion, and household roles, ... More

Keywords: noblewomen, early modern Europe, pharmacy, charity, class, religion, networks of knowledge, scientific experimentation, cultural exchange, experiential knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226925387
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alisha Rankin, author