Bringing Health Advice to a Wider Public

  • Seminar
Tessa Storey with books and manuscripts in front of her on a table.
Portrait of Tessa Storey, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

Hear Tessa Storey discuss the ‘Regimen Sanitatis’, a manuscript published by the famous medieval medical school of Salerno. The preface suggests that its authors intended their medical advice to reach a wide audience. Using a copy of the text held in Wellcome Collection, this talk will explore how vernacular medical knowledge was spread among ‘ordinary people’ in early modern Italy.

Following the presentation from our speaker, there will be an opportunity to discuss her ideas.

About your speaker

Photograph of Tessa Storey

Tessa Storey

Dr Tessa Storey’s books include ‘Carnal Commerce in Counter-Reformation Rome’, on the social, economic and material culture of prostitution; ‘Healthy Living in Late Renaissance Italy’ a prize-winning monograph co-authored with Sandra Cavallo; and ‘Conserving Health in Early Modern Culture’, a co-edited volume of essays. Storey is currently an independent scholar and is exploring the circulation of medical knowledge in early modern Italy, with a particular focus on the dissemination of preventive health ideas through cheap, ‘popular’ printed texts.


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Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are first come, first served and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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