This book examines how medieval medical theories were derived from the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It maintains that the mystical element was the most attractive branch of medical wisdom and shows how religious rites and observances like prayer and anointing were adapted to medical usage. But while for thinkers like Roger Bacon disease was a fall from grace, there was also a practical approach to illness. The book evaluates medieval recipes for drugs and more mundane notions of disease in the light of the findings of modern medicine. It shows for instance how the concept of "flying venom" relates to modern germ theory.
The disease which we call cancer, Pauline Thompson; the anglo-saxon view of the causes of illness, Audrey Meaney; "A drynke that men callen dwale to make a man to slepe whyle men kerven hem" - a surgical anesthetic from late medieval England, Linda.E.Voigts, Robert P.Hudson; the third instrument of medicine - some accounts of surgery in medieval Iceland, Ian McDougall; mythic mediation in healing incantations, Edina Bozoky; anointing the sick and the dying in Christian antiquity and the early medieval west, Frederick Paxton; the healing power of the Hebrew tongue - an example from late 13th century England, Mark Zier; changes in the "Regimina Sanitatis" - the role of the Jewish physicians, Luis Garcia-Ballester; the sickdish in early French recipe collections, Terence Scully; to prolong life and promote health - baconian alchemy and pharmacy in the English learned tradition, Faye Marie Getz; the visions of Sts. Antony and Guthlac, M.L.Cameron; three not-so-miraculous miracles, John Wortley; great figures in Arabic medicine, accoring to Ibn Al-Qifti, Francoise Micheau; the introduction of Arabic medicine into the west - the question of etiology, Danielle Jacquart.
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 20th January 1992
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2