IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1233: Early Medieval Medicine: The Boundaries of the 'Professional'

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Research Group 'Health, History & Culture', Swansea University
Organiser:Patricia E. Skinner, Research Institute for Arts & Humanities, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Paper 1233-a'I sign therefore I am': Looking for Medici in Italian Charters of the 10th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Luca Larpi, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1233-bEarly Medieval Surgical Practice: A Needle in a Haystack?
(Language: English)
Patricia E. Skinner, Research Institute for Arts & Humanities, Swansea University
Index terms: Medicine, Social History
Paper 1233-cMedicine's '11th-Century Renaissance': Text or Practice?
(Language: English)
Florence Eliza Glaze, Department of History, Coastal Carolina University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Medicine, Social History

The papers in this session interrogate the meanings of the word ‘profession’ when applied to western European medical practice in the period c. 900-c. 1150. Did the title medicus convey a sense of corporate identity in this early period? Why was surgical work often relegated to secondary status behind medical theory, and how were surgeons documented prior to the emergence of the term chirurgicus? And was the ability to reproduce one’s own theories and practice or that of others in textual form the true marker of the advance of the medical professional as the 11th century?