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Anglo-Saxon Medicine : Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England - Malcolm Laurence Cameron

Anglo-Saxon Medicine

Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

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This is the first book to make a comprehensive study of Old English medical texts. Professor Cameron compares Anglo-Saxon medical practice with that of the Greeks and Romans from whom the Anglo-Saxons borrowed freely. He analyses the position of physicians in society, the conditions under which their patients lived and the effectiveness of their remedies. He examines the ingredients of Anglo-Saxon prescriptions, their therapeutic efficacy and availability. The role of magic in medicine is dealt with in depth, but found to have played less part in medical practice than has sometimes been thought. Special attention is given to surgery, bloodletting, gynaecology and obstetrics. Professor Cameron concludes that Anglo-Saxon medicine, on the evidence of surviving texts, was as good as any previously practised in Western Europe. The author has written with the needs of medical historians and non-specialist readers as well as Anglo-Saxonists in mind. The numerous quotations from the surviving texts are given in English as well as in the original languages.

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Conditions for health and disease
Physician and patient
The earliest notices of Anglo-Saxon medical practice
Medical texts of the Anglo-Saxons
Compilations in Old English
Compilations in Latin
Latin works translated into Old English: Herbarium and Peri Didaxeon
Sources for Old English texts
Making a Leechbook
Materia medica
Rational medicine
Magical medicine
The humours and bloodletting
Surgery
Gynaecology and obstetrics
Conclusions
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521405218
ISBN-10: 0521405211
Series: Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 25th March 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48