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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 613: Medical Orthodoxy, I

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Hilary Powell, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Paper 613-aBed-Fellows or Distant Cousins?: Reassessing Hagiography and Healing Shrines in Early Medieval Northern Italy
(Language: English)
Clare Pilsworth, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medicine
Paper 613-bChildbirth, Chills, and Fever: Manuscript Evidence for the Scope of Medical Practice by the Monks of St Guthlac's Priory, Hereford, in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Chris Tuckley, York Archaeological Trust for Excavation & Research
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Monasticism
Paper 613-cResisting Accommodation: The Parochial Character of 12th-Century Salernitan Medicine
(Language: English)
Monica Green, Department of History, Arizona State University
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medicine, Science

This is the first of two sessions exploring the shifting nature of orthodoxy in medieval medicine and healthcare. Does 'orthodoxy' in medicine mean adhering to tradition, resisting change, controlling knowledge, or establishing standards of practice in the community? How do academic, royal, ecclesiastical, and municipal interests interact in establishing medical orthodoxy? Do the sick have a view on standards of healing and cure? How do historiographical approaches to medieval medicine become viewed as 'orthodox' and how might they be challenged and renewed? The three papers of the first session consider these issues for the period up until the end of the 12th century, exploring the relationship between healing and orthodox 'approved' sanctity in 8th and 9th-century Italian hagiography; the medical practice of monks in 12th-century England; and 'accommodating' or resisting cultural influences across religious (and also linguistic) barriers in 12th-century Salerno.