Hamey the Stranger - John KeevilLondon: Geoffrey Bles, 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Previous owners' name (Keevil) to the pastedown. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Fold-out maps ;
From the cover: “Baldwin Hamey was a Flemish physician who, fleeing from persecution, went first to Leiden, then to Russia as Court Doctor to the Czar Fedor and afterwards to Elizabethan London where he remained for the rest of his life. Both he and his son became successful practitioners in medicine, the younger Baldwin being the chief benefactor of the Royal College of Physicians.
The two Hameys were voluminous letter-writers and corresponded with celebrated doctors in the Netherlands. These letters, mostly in Latin, are in the archives of the Royal College of Physicians and the University of Leiden; they have now been translated and form the basis of Dr Keevil’s history of the father and son.
Hamey the Stranger deals with the elder Hamey. It describes his early life in the Netherlands; his experiences of intrigue and suspicion at the Russian Court; his tribulations as a foreign doctor in London where for some time he was forbidden to practise; and the strange aspect of the contemporary medical world in transition from the classical to the modern, with its lingering remains of empiricism and alchemy. It also contains long and authentic accounts of the Essex Rebellion, of recurring epidemics and contemporary conditions in the metropolis as seen by a Huguenot family living in the walled city.”