A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary (Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean)

A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary (Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean)

Patricia Ann Clark


In 1930 the Cretan healer Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas re-copied a laptop containing scientific lore handed down via his kinfolk over generations. the current quantity bargains an version of this workstation including an English translation, the 1st of its variety. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks courting frequently to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, in addition to snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary recommendation, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either interesting and of severe value, iatrosophia permit glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical assets and illustrate the energy and resilience of Greek conventional scientific and botanical wisdom. From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari sector, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy old, geographical and social historical past. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really expert info worthwhile for a great figuring out of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the computer is handled in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an summary of its numerous names during the millennia. Such entries will not be just a key to realizing the Greek scientific legacy, but in addition a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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