IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 710: The Rhetoric of Medicine

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Caroline Proctor, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Catrien Santing, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 710-aCommenting on Avicenna's Canon: The Rhetoric of Academic Medicine
(Language: English)
Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Medicine, Science
Paper 710-bAuthor and Audience in the Medical Writings of Maino de Maineri (d. 1368)
(Language: English)
Caroline Proctor, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Medicine, Science
Paper 710-cHenry, Duke of Lancaster's Book of Holy Medicines: The Rhetoric of Knowledge and Devotion
(Language: English)
Catherine J. Batt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Lay Piety, Medicine, Religious Life
Abstract

This session will focus on the language used to discuss medicine in the later middle ages. The first two papers will look at two distinct genres of medical writing, scholastic commentaries directed at a learned audience and regimens of health written for medical students and lay people. How did authors of these texts use different tone and vocabulary to adapt to their audience? In contrast, the third paper will illustrate the way in which medical knowledge and language could be utilised in the very different world of devotional literature.