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disability

Disability is a modern category; early moderns eschewed euphemism here, employing a rich language of bodily defect, such as blear-eyed, lame, cripple, etc. Many surgical works address the kinds of injury or bodily abnormality we would consider disability.

Evident satisfa[cti]on to the sick and lame; by Nath. Merry, student in physick…

Merry, Nathaniel
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At the blew ball in little Kerby street..

[author not specified],
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At the blew Ball in Haydon yard in the Little Minories, London, near the Tower…

Elmy,
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At Mr. Brett’s, an apothecary...

[author not specified],
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A true relation of the wonderful cure of Mary Maillard

[author not specified],
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