IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1117: Is there a Doctor in the House?: Aspects of Authority in Late Medieval Medical Care

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Ad Tervoort, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Rudolph Ladan, Department of the History of Medicine, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 1117-aMedical Care as Caritas: The Aims of the Roman Confraternities
(Language: English)
Catrien Santing, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Medicine, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1117-bOn whose Authority?: Aspects of Power Relations in Medieval Care and Hospitals (Holland, 14th Century)
(Language: English)
Ad Tervoort, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Medicine, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1117-cAuthority, Reputation and Competition in Late-Medieval Surgery: The Theory of Painful Treatment
(Language: English)
Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Index terms: Medicine, Science, Social History
Abstract

The session analyses the motives behind and implications of assigning ‘authority’ in applications of medical learning and care in the later Middle Ages, by focussing on the following issues. By looking at the Roman fraternities, Dr. Santing will analyse the origins and explicit goals with regard to the authoritative relation between medical care and charity. Dr. Tervoort will assess the background of power relations in in the practive of social and medival care in late medieval Holland towns. Mrs. Van’t Land will investigate the complex negotiations between ‘authoritative’ surgeons and their fee-paying patients, especially where painful treatment was concerned.