Canonical Medicine: Gentile Da Foligno and Scholasticism

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BRILL, 2001 - Medical - 342 pages
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This book deals with the work of one of the most famous medical scholars of the middle ages, renowned to his contemporaries as being able to see more deeply into the theory of medicine than anyone else. It is based in particular on an analysis of his huge commentary on Avicenna's "Canon," the biggest and most important single medical text of the Middle Ages. This is the first modern analysis of the commentary, and while the size and elaborate scholastic structure of it has deterred historians, it remained an important text for two centuries. This book explains the nature and purposes of medical scholasticism, which reached its height in the half century before the Black Death, in which Gentile died.
 

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Contents

Incorporations and Teaching
15
Gentiles Commentary
51
Complexional Medicine
89
Diagnosis and the Preparation of Remedies
142
Canons of Cure
219
Medical Advice and the Black Death
274
Gentiles Simples
297
Bibliography
329
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About the author (2001)

Roger French, D.Phil. (1965) Oxford, was for 20 years Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine in Cambridge. Recent books include "William Harvey's Natural Philosophy" (Cambridge, 1994), "Ancient Natural History" (Routledge, 1994) and "Dissection and Vivisection in Renaissance Europe" (Scholar Press, 1999).

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