IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1514: Food as Treatment, I: Diet and Health

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1514-aFood for Thought: Diet and Mental Health
(Language: English)
Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Mentalities
Paper 1514-bDietary Advice for the Pregnant and Nursing Mother
(Language: English)
Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Medicine, Women's Studies
Abstract

This series of panels engages food as both treatment for illness and the reverse, the medieval misunderstanding of food as treatment. Further, some of the papers look at how dietary deficiencies led to medical misunderstanding of health conditions, at how art and literature treat food as symbolic of good health and virtuous living. All together, the three panels on ‘Diet and Health’, ‘Curatives for Ails’, and ‘Beliefs, Deficiencies, and Appetites’ provide an overview of the connections between food and health in the Middle Ages. This first panel investigates food as a medical treatment for health conditions, especially long-term illness, and as a preventative for illness. The interest here is in prescription food or links between diet and health. The papers have particular interest in patients with mental health issues, who are pregnant or nursing, and who are suffering from ‘leprosy’.