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An Unusual Topic

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This monograph contains the first edition of a Greek medical text from the High Middle Ages. The text is a rare witness from a world we still have little knowledge of, the world of ordinary medical practice - this book tells about medicine as a craft, not as a scholarly concept. The text often seems crude and goes into more detail than one would expect in a more learned specimen. It is also partially composed in dialect. As with most Byzantine medical writings, its theoretical frame - work is indebted to Galen and other authorities from antiquity. For a brief period of not much more than two hundred years, the mid-thirteenth to the late fifteenth century, the text was widely read and copied and found its way into many medical manuscripts which are now held by libraries all over Europe.

Keywords: Byzantine medical writings; Greek medical text



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