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The prince's body : Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance medicine, Valeria Finucci

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The prince's body : Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance medicine
Title
The prince's body
Title remainder
Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance medicine
Statement of responsibility
Valeria Finucci
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Language
eng
Summary
Defining the proper female body, seeking elective surgery for beauty, enjoying lavish spa treatments, and combating impotence might seem like today's celebrity infatuations. However, these preoccupations were very much alive in the early modern period. Valeria Finucci recounts the story of a well-known patron of arts and music in Renaissance Italy, Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga of Mantua (1562<U+0127> �1612), to examine the culture, fears, and captivations of his times. Using four notorious moments in Vincenzo's life, Finucci explores changing concepts of sexuality, reproduction, beauty, and aging. The first was Vincenzo's inability to consummate his earliest marriage and subsequent medical inquiry, which elucidates new concepts of female anatomy. Second, Vincenzo's interactions with Bolognese doctor Gaspare Tagliacozzi, the "father of plastic surgery, " illuminate contemporary fascinations with elective procedures. Vincenzo's use of thermal spas explores the proliferation of holistic, noninvasive therapies to manage pain, detoxify, and rehabilitate what the medicine of the time could not address. And finally, Vincenzo's search for a cure for impotence later in life analyzes masculinity and aging. By examining letters, doctors' advice, reports, receipts, and travelogues, together with (and against) medical, herbal, theological, even legal publications of the period, Finucci describes an early modern cultural history of the pathology of human reproduction, the physiology of aging, and the science of rejuvenation as they affected a prince with a large ego and an even larger purse. In doing so, she deftly marries salacious tales with historical analysis to tell a broader story of Italian Renaissance cultural adjustments and obsessions.--
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contains biographical information
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Finucci, Valeria
Dewey number
610.945
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vincenzo
  • Medicine, Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Human body
  • Aging
  • Beauty, Personal
  • Human reproduction
  • Rejuvenation
Label
The prince's body : Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance medicine, Valeria Finucci
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The prince's body -- The virgin cure : manual exams and early modern surgeons -- The aesthetic cure : skin disease, noses, and the invention of plastic surgery -- The comfort cure : managing pain and catarrh at the spa -- The sexual cure : searching for a Viagra in the New World -- Epilogue: Unwrapping the body
Control code
FIEb17663593
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780674725454
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)875999898
Label
The prince's body : Vincenzo Gonzaga and Renaissance medicine, Valeria Finucci
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The prince's body -- The virgin cure : manual exams and early modern surgeons -- The aesthetic cure : skin disease, noses, and the invention of plastic surgery -- The comfort cure : managing pain and catarrh at the spa -- The sexual cure : searching for a Viagra in the New World -- Epilogue: Unwrapping the body
Control code
FIEb17663593
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780674725454
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)875999898

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