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The man who crucified himself : readings of a medical case in nineteenth-century Europe


Böhmer, Maria Dorothee (2019). The man who crucified himself : readings of a medical case in nineteenth-century Europe. Leiden, Boston: Brill.

Abstract

The Man Who Crucified Himself is the history of a sensational nineteenth-century medical case. In 1805 a shoemaker called Mattio Lovat attempted to crucify himself in Venice. His act raised a furore, and the story spread across Europe. For the rest of the century Lovat’s case fuelled scientific and popular debates on medicine, madness, suicide and religion. Drawing on Italian, German, English and French sources, Maria Böhmer traces the multiple readings of the case and identifies various 'interpretive communities'. Her meticulously researched study sheds new light on Lovat’s case and offers fresh insights on the case narrative as a genre - both epistemic and literary.

Abstract

The Man Who Crucified Himself is the history of a sensational nineteenth-century medical case. In 1805 a shoemaker called Mattio Lovat attempted to crucify himself in Venice. His act raised a furore, and the story spread across Europe. For the rest of the century Lovat’s case fuelled scientific and popular debates on medicine, madness, suicide and religion. Drawing on Italian, German, English and French sources, Maria Böhmer traces the multiple readings of the case and identifies various 'interpretive communities'. Her meticulously researched study sheds new light on Lovat’s case and offers fresh insights on the case narrative as a genre - both epistemic and literary.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 November 2019
Deposited On:28 Feb 2019 12:26
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 15:03
Publisher:Brill
Series Name:Studies in The History of Medicine and Health
Volume:97
Number of Pages:306
ISBN:978-90-04-35359-6
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004353602
Other Identification Number:978-90-04-35360-2 (e-book)

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