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Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice

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Following a survey of ancient, early medieval, and Islamic medicine, Siraisi discusses the categories and conditions of medical practice in the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries; the development of medical education; knowledge of physiology and anatomy; concepts of disease; and therapies, including surgery.
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published (first published June 15th 1990)
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This was one of the texts for courses in the History of Science I took at the University of Oklahoma (which offers degrees in the History of Science).

If I had a quarrel with the book, it's that it didn't offer much quarter to non-academic medicine. Except for the nobility and the rich in cities, most people got medical care locally during these periods, and the training and theoretical bases of midwifery, etc are fairly scantily covered in this book.

There should also have been more coverage of t
C.P. Lesley
A really fascinating, well-written, easy to follow introduction to medieval and Renaissance medicine in theory and practice. It is not the author's fault that she didn't tell me what I wanted to know: how our ancestors understood and (attempted to) treat heart disease. But I did learn many other things, and the list of sources in the notes/bibliography is priceless. If you are not a doctor and need a brief overview of medicine up to the year 1600, this is the place to start.

Philip Pormann's Medi
Excellent, a delight to read, covers the most important bases of early medicine. I use it all the time in my research and teaching.
Interesting read, easy to understand, and a very good introduction to how medieval medical practitioners thought
The academic writing style gives a dry, but information rich, look into the history of medicine.
Pretty interesting... Watch out for those anal fistulas!
really... really ... dry reading.
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