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Anglo-Saxon Medicine (Malcolm Laurence Cameron) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1993) 9780521031226
Anglo-Saxon Medicine (Malcolm Laurence Cameron) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1993) 9780521031226
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Title: Anglo-Saxon Medicine

Author: Cameron, Malcolm Laurence

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1993

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521031226

Volumes: 1; Pages: 223

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This is the first book to make a comprehensive study of Old English medical texts. Professor Cameron compares Anglo-Saxon medical practice with that of the Greeks and Romans from whom the Anglo-Saxons borrowed freely. He analyses the position of physicians in society, the conditions under which their patients lived and the effectiveness of their remedies. He examines the ingredients of Anglo-Saxon prescriptions, their therapeutic efficacy and availability. The role of magic in medicine is dealt with in depth, but found to have played less part in medical practice than has sometimes been thought. Special attention is given to surgery, bloodletting, gynaecology and obstetrics. Professor Cameron concludes that Anglo-Saxon medicine, on the evidence of surviving texts, was as good as any previously practised in Western Europe. The author has written with the needs of medical historians and non-specialist readers as well as Anglo-Saxonists in mind. The numerous quotations from the surviving texts are given in English as well as in the original languages.ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgements1. Introduction2. Conditions for health and disease3. Physician and patient4. The earliest notices of Anglo-Saxon medical practice5. Medical texts of the Anglo-Saxons6. Compilations in Old English7. Compilations in Latin8. Latin works translated into Old English: Herbarium and Peri Didaxeon9. Sources for Old English texts10. Making a Leechbook11. Materia medica12. Rational medicine13. Magical medicine14. The humours and bloodletting15. Surgery16. Gynaecology and obstetrics17. Conclusions; Appendices; BibliographyIndex
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