University of Hertfordshire

Men's Sexual Health in Early Modern England

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
StateIn preparation - 2020

Publication series

NameGendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World

Abstract

How did men cope with sexual health issues in early modern England? How did they feel when their bodies failed them? This rich and engaging history investigates how sexual, reproductive, and genitourinary conditions were understood from 1580-1740. Drawing on medical and personal sources it tells the story of how men responded to bouts of ill health and how they engaged with a range of medical practitioners. It reveals that medical texts attempted to ameliorate anxieties about the potential for men to be unmanned by their bodies, and that physicians and surgeons used several rhetorical strategies to encourage men to seek help. Men’s responses suggest that these strategies were not always successful and male patients could be obstinate, unruly, and disobedient. In considering these responses Men’s Health improves our understanding of patient-practitioner interactions in this era, and the tools men used to negotiate masculinity when their bodies were under threat.

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