IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1006: Exploring the Relationship between Religion and Medicine: Lay and Clerical Contexts for Medical Theory and Practice

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Catherine Rider, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 1006-aMedicine, Healing, and the Church in Early Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Clare Pilsworth, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Medicine
Paper 1006-bHumoural Pathology and the Care of the Soul in 12th Century Religious Writings
(Language: English)
Mary K. K. Yearl, Independent Scholar, Highley
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Medicine, Theology
Paper 1006-cMedico-Religious Thought in the Writings of King Duarte of Portugal (1433-38)
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Lay Piety, Medicine
Abstract

In recent years there has been considerable research on the relationship between religion and medicine. Rather than being an antagonistic relationship as once used to be thought, it has been shown to be both competitive and mutually supportive depending on the context. The papers in this session aim to explore the relationship further across a much broader chronological range than is usual. The intention is to show how medicine and religion were always closely linked in medical, ecclesiastical, and lay writings.