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The Print Culture And Veterinary Medicine

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This chapter discusses the relationship between the print culture and veterinary medicine. It discusses the two main categories of publications produced in early modern England, roughly divided into books and ephemeral literature. The earliest was written in Chaldea over 3,400 years ago. The best known contemporary text was the Hippiatrica. It was a vast work which focused on practical treatments, organized by ailments and appropriate recipes. The oldest surviving original veterinary manuscript produced in England was the Anglo-Normon Medicinale Anglicum. Frederick Smith credited the invention of the mechanical printing press as marking 'the end of ignorance' in veterinary literature. 'Herbals' or books on the nature and virtues of plants were also useful sources of information on the most common types of ingredients used in veterinary medicine. Almost all the advice on animal health care published in the early modern period was based on traditional, Galenic - humoural beliefs and practices.

Keywords: England; Frederick Smith; Galenic; Hippiatrica; print culture; veterinary medicine



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