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How to Get a Melancholy Marquess to Sleep? Melancholy in Scholastic Medicine

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This chapter investigates Taddeo Alderotti's recommendation to Obizzo d'Este and the reasoning behind his choice of cure. It presents a brief overview of what was understood by melancholy in medicine at the turn of the fourteenth century. The chapter discusses specific aspects of theory related to melancholy: firstly, melancholy as an illness, secondly melancholy as a normal disposition of man, thirdly the ageing process and its relationship to melancholy, and finally the methods used to treat melancholy. The chapter discusses that how scholastic physicians defined health. Michael McVaugh argues that this knowledge of New Galen brought dramatic change to the intellectual world of scholastic physicians. These "new" texts gave a fresh insight into the concepts of health and disease, and thus had an impact on the scholastic analysis of melancholy.

Keywords: Melancholy; Michael McVaugh; Scholastic Medicine; Taddeo Alderotti



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