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Hildegard of Bingen: On Natural Philosophy and Medicine : Selections from <I>Cause et Cure</I> - Margret Berger

Hildegard of Bingen: On Natural Philosophy and Medicine

Selections from Cause et Cure

By: Margret Berger (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780859915519
Number Of Pages: 184

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Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), an important figure in her own time, has come increasingly to critical attention in recent years. Cause et Cure, attributed to Hildegard, is both a cosmological text and a medical handbook; it is a densely layered work woven together from diverse threads. It begins with a chapter on cosmology which leads to consideration of the human being as a small-scale copy of the universe. From here the focus shifts to the diseases and disorders which afflict human beings. The sections on treatment which follow provide information on medieval pharmacology and herbal healing. The text discusses the differences between male and female, human sexuality, embryology, sleep and dreams, signs predicting death or survival, astrological influences.The Introduction sketches Hildegard's life and career, and describes the cultural context with emphasis on medieval medicine. The Interpretive Essay discusses the selections presented in translation and alerts the reader to the benefits as well as the limits of medieval health care. MARGRET BERGER, formerly Associate Professor in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (German) at Simon Fraser University, has specialised in medieval German literature and Romance philology.

Chronological Sketch
Introductionp. 1
Translations from Beate Hildegardis cause et cure (Blessed Hildegard's Cause et cure)
The creation of the world. The cosmos and its components. Macrocosm and microcosmp. 23
Elements and humorsp. 35
Adamp. 39
Embryologyp. 43
Human sexualityp. 50
Complexion and aptitude. Complexional differencesp. 56
Sleep and dreams. Wakingp. 65
Disorders and diseasesp. 69
Menstruation. Conception and pregnancy. Childbirth and infancyp. 79
Regimen of healthp. 85
Bloodlettingp. 88
Bathingp. 96
Nutritional disorders. Digestive system disorders. Disorders of the skin. Feversp. 98
Treatmentp. 105
Diagnostic and prognostic signsp. 117
Lunar prognosticationp. 123
Interpretive Essayp. 125
Works Citedp. 156
Index of namesp. 164
Index of Subjectsp. 165
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ISBN: 9780859915519
ISBN-10: 0859915514
Series: Library of Medieval Women
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25