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Anglo-Saxon Medicine

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031226

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  • This is the first book to make a comprehensive study of Old English medical texts. Professor Cameron compares Anglo-Saxon medical practice with that of the Greeks and Romans from whom the Anglo-Saxons borrowed freely. He analyses the position of physicians in society, the conditions under which their patients lived and the effectiveness of their remedies. He examines the ingredients of Anglo-Saxon prescriptions, their therapeutic efficacy and availability. The role of magic in medicine is dealt with in depth, but found to have played less part in medical practice than has sometimes been thought. Special attention is given to surgery, bloodletting, gynaecology and obstetrics. Professor Cameron concludes that Anglo-Saxon medicine, on the evidence of surviving texts, was as good as any previously practised in Western Europe. The author has written with the needs of medical historians and non-specialist readers as well as Anglo-Saxonists in mind. The numerous quotations from the surviving texts are given in English as well as in the original languages.

    • The first book on the subject of Anglo-Saxon medicine
    • Written for medical historians as well as Anglo-Saxonists (i.e. all quotations are given in English, no special knowledge assumed)
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031226
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.347kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. Conditions for health and disease
    3. Physician and patient
    4. The earliest notices of Anglo-Saxon medical practice
    5. Medical texts of the Anglo-Saxons
    6. Compilations in Old English
    7. Compilations in Latin
    8. Latin works translated into Old English: Herbarium and Peri Didaxeon
    9. Sources for Old English texts
    10. Making a Leechbook
    11. Materia medica
    12. Rational medicine
    13. Magical medicine
    14. The humours and bloodletting
    15. Surgery
    16. Gynaecology and obstetrics
    17. Conclusions
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Malcolm Laurence Cameron, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

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