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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 220: The Material and the Sensory in Medieval Medicine

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Paper 220-a'Anon yt schall wex thyke as pap': Insights to Be Gained by Attempting to Reproduce Medieval Medical Remedies
(Language: English)
Tig Lang, Independent Scholar, St Andrews
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine
Paper 220-b'As hot as he can bear it': Exploring the Sensory and Material Properties of the Recipes of King Duarte of Portugal, 1433-1438
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine
Paper 220-cMateriality and Medicine in a 15th-Century Italian Kitchen
(Language: English)
Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine

Medieval healing practices were sensory activities based on engagement with physical substances. Not only did practitioners rely on their senses, smelling, touching, and even tasting the body of the patient, but the patient also experienced touch, taste, and smell in the course of treatment. Writers used evocative descriptors like 'greasy' and 'sandy' to describe body products like urine and gave directions to produce remedies and process materia medica that emphasized their material qualities. Where these medical substances came from, and how they were prepared is a neglected area of research. This session features papers that explore the materiality of healing in medieval Europe.