Sources and Reading
For anyone interested in following up what I’m doing with reading of their own here is a list of what sources I’ve found helpful.
(I will keep adding to this post as my research continues). You may not be able to access everything if you are not a member of JSTOR but searching in scholar.google.co.uk is a good option available to everyone. Also, many of the original books from the seventeenth-century are still published today and you can find them quite easily on Amazon.
Robert Burton, The Anatomy on Melancholy (London, 1932)
Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician (London, 1684)
Edmund Gayton, The Art of Longevity (London, 1659)
Lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent, A choice manuall, or rare and select secrets in physic and chyrurgery’ (London, 1653)
Academic books and articles:
L Hill Curth, ‘Lessons from the past: preventive medicine in early modern England’, Med Humanities 29 (2003) 16-20. Available at http://bmj-mh.highwire.org/content/29/1/16.abstract
Peter Elmer and Ole Peter Grell (eds.), Health, disease, and society in Europe, 1500-1800: a source book (Manchester, 2004) [annotated source book]
Peter Elmer (ed.), The healing arts: health disease and society in Europe, 1500-1800 (Manchester, 2004) [collection of essays which link with the sources in the book above]
Angus Gowland, ‘The problem of early modern melancholy’, Past and Present 191 (2006)
Michael MacDonald, Mystical Bedlam: madness, anxiety and healing in seventeenth-century England (Cambridge, 1981)
Jennifer Radden, ‘Is this Dame Melancholy? Equating Today’s Depression with past Melancholia’ Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 10.1 (2003) 37-52. Available at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/ppp/summary/v010/10.1radden01.html
Jeremy Schmidt, Melancholy and the care of the soul: religion, moral philosophy and madness in early modern England (Aldershot, 2007)