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The Reception Of Medieval Practical Medicine In The Sixteenth Century: The Case Of Arnau De Vilanova

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In this chapter, the author has chosen to pursue two related questions raised by the transmission of learned medical knowledge in 2002: how did publishers select their copy, and did this change as print culture developed, what was the status of medieval medical texts, and how did this evolve. These general questions lead the author to offer some reflections on the mediation of Arnau De Vilanova's medical works. The context in which the author wishes to consider Arnau's works is principally that of medieval writers on 'practica' (pathology, therapeutics, hygiene) rather than 'theoria' (physiology, etiology and semiology). In the early years of printing, Lyon and Venice were the main centres where medical authors were published.

Keywords: Arnau De Vilanova; medieval medical texts; practica



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