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Medieval Medicine: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations & Cultures) [Paperback]

Faith Wallis
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12 May 2010 Readings in Medieval Civilizations & Cultures (Book 15)
Medical knowledge and practice changed profoundly during the medieval period. In this collection of over 100 primary sources, many translated for the first time, Faith Wallis reveals the dynamic world of medicine in the Middle Ages that has been largely unavailable to students and scholars. The reader includes 21 illustrations and a glossary of medical terms.

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  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press; 1 edition (12 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442601035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442601031
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This collection of relevant texts in the field of medieval medicine proves to be enormously helpful for those who are in need of a good anthology for a class on the history of medicine in the Middle Ages. -- Mediaevistik

About the Author

Faith Wallis is Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine. She is the co-editor of Medieval Science, Technology and Medicine: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2005) and the author of essays and translations on medieval science and medicine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Subject Source 24 Oct 2013
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This is an excellent book for students of history of medicine. I found it invaluable for reference and further sources of research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 3 Dec 2012
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A first rate read, and overflowing with useful primary source information not easily available elsewhere. Anyone with an interest in historic medical theory and practice should get this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Academic Beginning... 1 Jun 2014
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Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this little - actually, quite extensive - reader in Medieval Medicine. However, if you are an herbalist or natural healer interested in really learning the secrets of Medieval Medicine, I'm afraid you would be a little disappointed, although this book is guaranteed to deepen and enrich your background knowledge of the subject. I have scanned through the contents, and it looks like this little marvel will provide me with interesting and informative reading pleasure for many days to come.

If one keeps in mind that this reader was designed mainly for history students to get an overview of how the medical profession was in the Middle Ages, one will be fine with it. It presents excerpts from many fine original works on Medieval Medicine, so one can get a real window into the profession of medicine as it was practiced in the Middle Ages. But alas, many of the excerpts are far too short, and cut off right before you "get to the good part", leaving you dangling if you want to get the whole story. What I would like to see in the future is a multivolume library on Medieval Medicne put out by the University of Toronto Press, or by anybody else, consisting of these seminal works in their entirety. I hope that this dream of mine will someday be realized.
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