Mirror of Literature,  5 (1825), 125–26.

Valentine Greatrakes



Extract, Biography

Publications extracted:

Wadd 1824


Medical Treatment, Magic, Expertise, Imposture, Disability

People mentioned:

Robert Boyle , Ralph Cudworth , John Wilkins , Richard Wiseman , Charles Bernard

    After discussing the history of touching for scrofula, the writer notes that, 'The obsolete practice of Greatrakes has in a degree appeared again in the shape of friction, and has revived in full force in the process of thumbing and rubbing, as applied by certain adepts to distortions' (126).

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