Description : Illustrates how death and incurable disease were considered a common part of medieval life and offers a history of the Black Death, or the plague, which killed millions of people in Europe.
Description : The outbreak of the plague in 1347, commonly referred to as the Black Death, was the source of numerous socio-economic changes in the later Middle Ages. Numerous studies have traced the progress and effects of the disease in countries such as Germany, England, France, and Spain. Such a study concerning Spain has been conspicuously absent until now. The present investigation is among the first to bring together information that documents the pernicious behavior of the disease in Spain and to demonstrate how it changed the societies it afflicted. Studying the medical and imaginative texts of medieval Spain, reveals that the disease did, in fact, help change the perceived role of the medical practitioner, the idea of public health, and the portrayal of death and dying.
Description : Doctoring the Black Death provides the first full history of the medical response to the plague that devastated Europe throughout the later Middle Ages. Drawing on extensive archival research, Aberth has carefully examined the hundreds of plague treatises written during the Black Death s long scourge. He includes doctors vivid personal anecdotes, showing how their battles to combat the disease (which often afflicted them personally), and the scale and scope of the plague led many to question ancient authorities. Dispelling many myths and misconceptions about medicine during the Middle Ages, he argues that plague doctors formulated a unique and far-reaching response. Indeed, doctors battling the Black Death began to conceive of plague as a poison, a conception that had far-reaching implications, both in terms of medical treatment and social and cultural responses to the disease in society as a whole."
Description : An ideal introduction and guide to the greatest natural disaster to ever curse humanity, replete with illustrations, biographical sketches, and primary documents. Presents medieval and modern perspectives of this disturbing yet fascinating tragic historical episode.
Description : From the eleventh century to the Black Death in 1348 Europe was economically vigorous and expanding, especially in Mediterranean societies. In this world of growing wealth new educational institutions were founded, the universities, and it was in these that a new form of medicine came to be taught and which widely influenced medical care throughout Europe. The essays in this collection focus on the practical aspects of medieval medicine, and among other issues they explore how far this new learned medicine percolated through to to the popular level; how the learned medical men understood and coped with plague; the theory and practice of medical astrology, and of bleeding (phlebotomy) for the cure and prevention of illness. Several essays deal with the development and interrelations of the nascent medical profession, and of Christian, Muslim and Jewish practioners one to another. Special emphasis is given to the practice of surgery and, the problems of recovering knowledge of a large proportion of medical care - that given by women - are also explored. This collection forms a companion volume to The Medical Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century (1985, edited by Andrew Wear, Roger French and I. M. Lonie), The Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century (1989, edited by Roger French and Andrew Wear), The Medical Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century (1990, edited by Andrew cunningham and Roger French), and The Laboratory Revolution in Medicine (1992, edited by Andrew Cunningham and Perry Williams).
Description : Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 179. Chapters: Byzantine medicine, Humorism, Islamic medicine, Old English medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Black Death, Wu Xing, Tai chi chuan, Cinnabar, Chinese food therapy, Snake oil, Melancholia, Qigong, Psychology in medieval Islam, Baopuzi, Bimaristan, Lingzhi mushroom, Chinese herbology, Huangdi Neijing, Ephedra, Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Medieval medicine, Ancient Greek medicine, HIV/AIDS and Chinese Medicine, Chinese classic herbal formula, Caterpillar fungus, Kampo herb list, Red yeast rice, Bubonic plague, Jock McKeen, Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences, Cheng Man-ch'ing, Medieval Islamic ophthalmology, Kampo list, Unani, Sophora flavescens, Lee style tai chi chuan, Bile bear, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Plague of Justinian, Zang-fu, Kidney, Neuroaid, Li Shizhen, Fire cupping, Gua Sha, TCM model of the body, Complexion, Yokukansan, Meridian, Vienna Dioscurides, Li Junfeng, Liriope muscari, Vita Green, Baduanjin qigong, Divided Kingdom, Moxibustion, Lingshu Jing, Liriope spicata, Guilinggao, Di Long, Deer penis, Sang piao xiao, Tongrentang, Tabasheer, Three Treasures, Bald's Leechbook, Dantian, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Five Animals, Medicine in medieval Islam, Shi Quan Da Bu Wan, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan, List of medieval and pre-modern Persian doctors, Desi Sangye Gyatso, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Daniel Reid, Zhan zhuang, San Jiao, Marcus Fronius, Lotus seed, Medical Compendium in Seven Books, Chinese patent medicine, Tui na, Spleen, Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, Crude medicine, Tree of physiology, Nine Herbs Charm, Liu Zi Jue, Three jiaos, Hijama, Po Chai Pills, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhang Zhongjing, Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, Leper colony, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Emerson Colleg...
Description : From earliest times, man has struggled to control his environment and his fate, and a big part of that has always been his health. From the ancients onwards, the study of medicine, including surgery, has exercised some of the greatest minds - and brought profits to some of the less great. Drawing on sources across Europe and beyond, including the huge contributions to medicine made in medieval Arabia and India, Chapman takes us on a whirlwind tour of what was known when, and what impact it had.
Description : Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, awful end by respiratory failure -- are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was, and how it made history, remain shrouded in a haze of myths. Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death afresh, as a gripping, intimate narrative. In the Wake of the Plague presents a microcosmic view of the Plague in England (and on the continent), telling the stories of the men and women of the fourteenth century, from peasant to priest, and from merchant to king. Cantor introduces a fascinating cast of characters. We meet, among others, fifteen-year-old Princess Joan of England, on her way to Spain to marry a Castilian prince; Thomas of Birmingham, abbot of Halesowen, responsible for his abbey as a CEO is for his business in a desperate time; and the once-prominent landowner John le Strange, who sees the Black Death tear away his family's lands and then its very name as it washes, unchecked, over Europe in wave after wave. Cantor argues that despite the devastation that made the Plague so terrifying, the disease that killed more than 40 percent of Europe's population had some beneficial results. The often literal demise of the old order meant that new, more scientific thinking increasingly prevailed where church dogma had once reigned supreme. In effect, the Black Death heralded an intellectual revolution. There was also an explosion of art: tapestries became popular as window protection against the supposedly airborne virus, and a great number of painters responded to the Plague. Finally, the Black Death marked an economic sea change: the onset of what Cantor refers to as turbocapitalism; the peasants who survived the Plague thrived, creating Europe's first class of independent farmers. Here are those stories and others, in a tale of triumph coming out of the darkest horror, wrapped up in a scientific mystery that persists, in part, to this day. Cantor's portrait of the Black Death's world is pro-vocative and captivating. Not since Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror have medieval men and women been brought so vividly to life. The greatest popularizer of the Middle Ages has written the period's most fascinating narrative.