The corpus Early Modern English Medical Texts (EMEMT) is the second component of the Corpus of Early English Medical Writing (CEEM), a three-part series of historical corpora of medical writing from 1375-1800. EMEMT contains a two-million word representative sample of the entire field of English medical writings that appeared in print between 1500 and 1700, and provides continuity to Middle English Medical Texts (MEMT), published on CD-ROM by John Benjamins in 2005.
The EMEMT corpus includes c. 230 texts, ranging from theoretical treatises rooted in academic traditions of medicine to popularized and utilitarian texts verging on household literature. The texts are grouped into six text categories that facilitate systematic research into the history of medical writing in its disciplinary context: general treatises and textbooks; treatises on specific topics; recipe collections and materia medica ; regimen and health guides; surgical treatises; and samples of the first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions.
EMEMT is released on CD-Rom with EMEMT Presenter, purpose-designed software by Raymond Hickey.
The corpus is published with a book, Early Modern English Medical Texts: Corpus Description and Studies, edited by Irma Taavitsainen & Paivi Pahta.
1. Preface; 2. List of contributors; 3. List of abbreviations; 4. Conventions used in this book; 5. Introducing Early Modern English Medical Texts (by Pahta, Paivi); 6. Part I. Background; 7. Expanding the borders of knowledge (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 8. Change and continuity in early modern medicine (1500-1700) (by Mikkeli, Heikki); 9. Discourse and genre dynamics in early modern english medical writing (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 10. Part II. Corpus description; 11. The field of medical writing with fuzzy edges (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 12. Corpus categories; 13. Category 1: General treatises and textbooks (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 14. Category 2: Treatises on specific topics (by Pahta, Paivi); 15. Category 3: Recipe collections and materia medica (by Marttila, Ville); 16. Category 4: Regimens and health guides (by Suhr, Carla); 17. Category 5: Surgical and anatomical treatises (by Tyrkko, Jukka); 18. Category 6: Philosophical Transactions (by Hiltunen, Turo); 19. Appendix: Medicine in society (by Taavitsainen, Irma); 20. Part III. Studies; 21. Gaining new knowledge through Early Modern English Medical Texts (by Pahta, Paivi); 22. Explorations through Early Modern English Medical Texts: Charting changes in medical discourse and scientific thinking (by Lehto, Anu); 23. Sign terms in specific medical genres in early modern medical texts (by Tyrkko, Jukka); 24. Intensifiers in competition: The picture from early English medical writing (by Mendez-Naya, Belen); 25. Part IV. Technical aspects; 26. The corpus tool and special features of Early Modern Medical Texts (by Tyrkko, Jukka); 27. Exploring Early Modern English Medical Texts: Manual for EMEMT Presenter (by Tyrkko, Jukka); 28. Improving the precision of corpus methods: The standardized version of Early Modern English Medical Texts (by Lehto, Anu); 29. Early Modern English Medical Texts: Corpus bibliography; 30. References; 31. Name index; 32. Subject index