From Thomas Sydenham
to Robert Whytt, the medical view that women were inherently pathological was made obvious in a continued reliance on metaphors of diseased uteri, weak nerves, disordered animal spirits, corrupt menstrual blood, and animalistic wombs.
The most original and exciting chapter shows how 'The Spleen', by Anne Finch, engages with Abraham Cowley's Pindaric odes and Thomas Sydenham
's writings on mental illness, especially hysteria, which he regards as 'the natural state of the upper-class woman' (p.
, 17th-century England's most famous pragmatic clinician, was one of medicine's first scientists.
It was Thomas Sydenham
's contributions, however, that truly revolutionized medical practice.
Civil and Philosophic Discourse-flesh out Locke's relationships with leading seventeenth-century men of science, such as Robert Boyle, Thomas Sydenham
, Christiaan Huygens, Isaac Newton, Jan Swammerdam, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and others, many of whom were members of the Royal Society in London.