List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on the text; 1. Introduction: functionalist organicism and the origins of social pathology; Part I. Pathologizing the Body Politic: 2. 'Enter at the least pore': early modern medicine and bodily infiltration; 3. 'Ev'ry poison good for some use': the poisonous political pharmacy and its discontents; Part II. Handy-Dandy, Which is the Justice, Which is the Thief?: 4. Public enemas: the disjunctions of the excremental Jewish pharmakon; 5. 'To stop her mouth with Truth's authority': the poisonous tongue of the witch and the word of God; Conclusion: the persistence of the pathological body politic; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Examines attitudes to the body, disease and society in Tudor and early Stuart England.