IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1240: Health and Medicine in the Early Medieval West, I: Situating Medical Texts and Practices

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Zubin Mistry, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 1240-aThe Female Patient, the Physician, and Medical Responsibility in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Caroline Musgrove, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Medicine, Women's Studies
Paper 1240-bTeraupetica (sic) : Manuscript Context and Christian Ideology in an Early Medieval Book of Medical Recipes
(Language: English)
Arsenio Ferraces-Rodríguez, Departamento de Letras, Universidade da Coruña
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Theology
Paper 1240-c'Mirubalanus est genus coriote nascitur in egypto': Mapping Pharmaceutical Provenance in Early Medieval Recipe Collections
(Language: English)
Jeffrey Doolittle, Department of History, Fordham University, New York
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine
Abstract

Despite important new work, early medieval medicine still remains quarantined from the mainstream of early medieval historiography. The aim of these sessions is to diagnose and treat this historiographical ‘otherness’ by using health and medicine as ways of exploring early medieval societies. This first session focuses on situating medical texts, traditions and practices. Papers will use medical texts to explore a range of questions including the relationship between practical medicine and Christian ideology, gender and medical practice, the nature of learning, and connections across space and time.