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Introduction: Enlightenment Bodies

Carole Reeves

Carole Reeves is Outreach Historian at The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK. She is co-author of Medical Book Illustration: A Short History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter


...The Enlightenment was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals. This appraisal was different of course from ownership of one’s body. Slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured,...