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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (15 Jun. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226761304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226761305
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

Nancy Siraisi is Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


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This book was a great help to me as a beginner undergraduate studying the history of medicine during the medieval and renaissance period. It is a great overview and sections are focussed around a specific topic. It also uses primary sources which are great!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98b351bc) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x97b50dc8) out of 5 stars Very thorough, very helpful. 21 Mar. 2003
By Maggie N. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very thorough account of the practice of medicine in the Middle Ages. It covers most key points such as humors, blood-letting, women healers, hospitals, the role of religion in medicine, the taboos regarding medicine and other topics. It is greatly documented for further research and I recommend it highly to anyone interested in the topic, especially that it is written in a rather approachable and enjoyable fashion. It is a great starting point for research on medieval medicine, medieval social standards, and medieval everyday life.
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HASH(0x97d07bf4) out of 5 stars Splendid survey of medieval medicine in Europe 15 Mar. 2005
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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Siraisi, a leading scholar in the history of medicine, has been generous by writing this c. 200 page survey of medieval medicine in the west. What stands out about the book is her interaction with academic medicine--such as her treatment on medical education and early ventures in anatomy, and her recognition of the importance of Islamic medicine and scholarship for European medicine in the middle ages and renaissance.

The author treats surgery, pathology, anatomy, physiology, and many other subfields of learning and practice. She interacts with the Christian worldview and religious understandings of sickness and health, albeit from a standpoint of elitist medical practitioners. As an expert on Galen, her treatment of his impact in medieval Europe is worth the price alone.

For an introduction to medical education and the innovators in medicine (without being just another "Garrison"), this book is recommended.
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HASH(0x98452c54) out of 5 stars Thorough Overview and Excellent Introduction 20 May 2013
By JST - Published on Amazon.com
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Others have commented on her indepth knowledge and understanding of medieval medicine and the text justifies their evaluations. The book does inspire one to further study if one is inclined to such endevours. Even with just this book, one's understanding of medieval medicine is greatly enhanced.

This is my first book on the subject. Even though I cannot obviously compare it to other similar books, I can truthfully say that if this is your first book, it is well worth paying full price if you are so inclined. It is thorough, thoughtful, inspired, and quite easily read. It is scholarly without academic pomp and a wonderful read.
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HASH(0x98452c3c) out of 5 stars Good introduction into early medieval medicine 14 Feb. 2014
By Lyle J. Matey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will intrest you in the beginnings of medicine, practioners, and surgical techniques from England, France ,Germany, and Italy in the time of the Black Plague that spread through Europe from the 12th to the 15th centuries.
HASH(0x984f6030) out of 5 stars for the person who wants to read about medieval technology 27 Feb. 2013
By Gordon Redthorn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a number of books on historic medicine and diseases, this is a great overview of the ides and practices. to get more specific a person would then need to start buying books about particular people or diseases, some that are only written in Latin, Greek or Arabic.
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