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Medieval Medicine: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations & Cultures) Hardcover – 12 May 2010


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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442601698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442601697
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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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 A truly rewarding work, worth acquiring not only by scholars and teachers of medieval medicine in particular but more broadly by anyone teaching in the field of medieval European history and society. It will also make for compelling reading to anyone curious to explore the sheer range and variety of European medicine in a time of ferment, fascinating intercultural discourse, and far-reaching change. -- The Medieval Review The excellent final product seems to witness years of long work in the testing ground of the classroom. The result is an original and lively collection of medieval texts in modern English about and around medicine, one that also conveys effectively the social complexity and intellectual subtlety of the subject. The collection is an excellent and comprehensive overview both for students and scholars that shows vividly what medicine was for medieval actors and what it is today for historians of medieval medicine. -- Social History of Medicine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. Paul Edward Dutton, Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University, is the author of a number of articles and books about the Middle Ages including The Poetry and Paintings of the First Bible of Charles the Bald with Herbert L. Kessler (University of Michigan Press, 1997) and Charlemagne's Mustache and Other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age (Palgrave, 2004). He is Series Editor of UTP's Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures.

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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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By Mr. C. K. Bailey on 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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By Martin on 30 July 2014
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A well written informative book. Excellent for researchers as well as interested readers.
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A Good Academic Beginning... 1 Jun. 2014
By David K. Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
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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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Five Stars 21 Oct. 2014
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Amazing book for those who like Medieval Medicine! A must have.
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