IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1207: The 'Medical Turn': Interpreting Non-Medical Sources for the History of Healthcare and Disease

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Iona McCleery, Centre for the History of Medicine & Disease, University of Durham
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden / Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1207-aLooking for 'Medici' in Early Medieval Charters
(Language: English)
Clare Pilsworth, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1207-bThe Female Healer in Medieval Literature
(Language: English)
April Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Medicine, Women’s Studies
Paper 1207-cThe Role of Medicine and Disease in Late Medieval Portuguese Chronicles
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Centre for the History of Medicine & Disease, University of Durham
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Medicine, Military History
Abstract

The social history of medicine is probably one of the fastest growing historical fields and historians are making use of an increasingly wide range of sources in order to document medieval medical practice and the diffusion of medical learning. Saints’ lives and miracle collections have been explored most thoroughly in the last twenty years, but other sources also deserve critical attention. There are both problems and opportunities in interdisciplinary work of this nature. This session aims to highlight some of the issues associated with using charters, chronicles, and literary texts in the history of medicine.