Collections > Electronic Theses and Dissertations > "A me non venderà egli vesciche": Questionable medici and Medicine Questioned in Machiavelli’s Mandragola

In Niccol Machiavelli's La mandragola, one of the first performed erudite comedies, the ethics of medicine and medical practitioners are continuously called into question. This thesis explores the way in which medicine and medical men are represented in Machiavelli's comedy, taking into account the time and place in which this comedy was written and performed: early sixteenth-century Florence. I will examine the tropes of the doctor which are represented in the comedy, and draw a link between the negative representations of these common tropes and the humanist medical skeptics.