Medicine and confectionery. The apothecary in the context of courtly life in the 17th century.

The project aims to provide a precise look at the the activities and the networks of an early modern apothecary in the context of medical culture, healthcare provision and academic life. The rich and largely unstudied archival material available for the Wolfenbüttel court apothecary allows insights into the way in which the court was supplied with all manner of goods. The project can be seen as an innovative study of material and medical culture at the court and its environment.

The aim of the project is to provide a mongraph study on supplies to the court apothecary in Wolfenbüttel during the 17th century. The first section will give a summary of the concrete functions of an early modern apothecary. The second section will contain representative examples of the relationships between apothecaries, doctors and the ruler and a commentary on them. The aim is to show that the apothecary was not just a supplier of medical goods but of all kinds of substances necessary to courtly life (including cosmetics and confectionery) or to scientific experiments. The archival material on which the study is based will form an appendix, either in print form or on CD-ROM.


Gabriele Wacker: Arznei und Confect. Medikale Kultur am Wolfenbütteler Hof im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert. Wolfenbütteler Forschungen 134 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz ).
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Funded by: DFG (German Research Foundation)