Beyond The Body: The Boundaries Of Medicine And English Renaissance Drama

Beyond the Body by William Kerwin
William Kerwin
University of Massachusetts Press
2005

Medical stories are always also social stories, and William Kerwin presents five case studies of how the fragile and dynamic relationship between the medical and the nonmedical played out in Renaissance England. Renaissance drama richly staged that process, presenting medical practitioners in ways that undermined any attempt to imagine them as self-defining.