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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 324: Medieval Recipes and Cookbooks, III: Physical and Spiritual Health

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Mary Hayes, Department of English, University of Mississippi
Paper 324-bEvolution and Application of Humoral Theory in the Medieval Kitchen
(Language: English)
Loren David Mendelsohn, Science & Engineering Library, City College of New York
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Science

Paper -a:
A discussion and comparison of several sources used by medieval medical practitioners to prescribe dietary regimens based on humoral theory. Dioscorides's Materia Medica, Galen's Properties of Foodstuffs, Avicenna's Canon of Medicine, and the Tacuinum Sanitatis are the primary focus, but other sources are also examined. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of humoral theory and its application, including ingredient-by-ingredient analyses of specific dishes with stated humoral values.