Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction To Knowledge And Practice Paperback – 15 Jun 1990
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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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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.
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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