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"Using historical sources, never applied so assiduously to the history of medicine, the author has offered insights and conclusions that will probably engage a generation of students... Historians of medicine may learn much from this volume, and the degree to which researchers respond to its challenges could well determine the future development of a broader interest in medical history."

"Mary Lindemann has built up, over the last decade, an enviable reputation as a social historian of Germany and as a historian of German medicine. Many scholars have been looking forward to a book-length account from her of medicine and health, doctors and patients, in eighteenth-century Germany, and the present [volume]... exceeds all reasonable expectation."