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Jean-François Viaud

Folk medicine and “enlightened” information on health. Mixed genres in 18th century almanacs

Le Temps des médias n° 23, Hiver 2014, p. 13-25.

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With a significant and dedicated readership, 18th century almanacs aimed to offer prognoses on the coming year: issues of health could be included in those. Some publications also provide advice as well as tidbits of simple medical knowledge, such as remedy recipes. However, new almanacs challenged the traditional publications by introducing current, enlightened medical information, promoted by tenants of the Enlightenment. The juxtaposition of two discourses illustrates the ambiguity of the medicine of the century of the Lumières.

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