Making Sense of Pain: Valentine Greatrakes, Henry Stubbe and Anne Conway

  • Sarah HuttonEmail author
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 57)


This paper discusses some interconnections between explanations of pain and the experience of pain in seventeenth-century England by focusing on an unusually well-documented episode in the history of pain relief: the visit to England in 1665 by the Irish healer, Valentine Greatrakes. This is an episode which captures the complexity of the early modern medico-philosophical setting and the human experience of illness. I review the role of Henry Stubbe and discuss the role of pain in Anne Conway’s philosophy to argue that her philosophical treatise reflects her acquaintance with medical theories which were in circulation at the time of the Greatrakes affair.”


Anne Conway Valentine Greatrakes Henry Stubbe Henry More Pain Early-modern medicine 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of YorkYorkUK

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