Religion and Medicine in the Middle Ages

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Peter Biller, Senior Lecturer in History Peter Biller, Joseph Ziegler
Boydell & Brewer, 2001 - History - 253 pages
The sheer extent of crossover - medics as religious men, religious men as medics, medical language at the service of preaching and moral-theological language deployed in medical writings - is the driving force behind these studies. The book reflects the extraordinary advances which 'pure' history of medicine has made in the last twenty years: there is medicine at the levels of midwife and village practitioner, the sweep of the learned Greek and Latin tradition of over a millennium; there is control of midwifery by the priest, therapy through liturgy, medicine as an expression of religious life for heretics, medicine invading theologians' discussion of earthly paradise; and so on. Professor PETER BILLER is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of York; Dr JOSEPH ZIEGLER teaches in the Department of History at the University of Haifa.Contributors JOSEPH ZIEGLER, PEREGRINE HORDEN, KATHRYNTAGLIA, JESSALYN BIRD, PETER BILLER, DANIELLE JACQUART, MICHAEL McVAUGH, MAAIKE VAN DER LUGT, WILLIAM COURTENAY, VIVIAN NUTTON.

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I have only read Professor Horden's chapter in my beginning search for information about the metric quality of music that might have been played in hospitals -- here the sufi chant of Persian origin is described, and this is a highly stressed musical notation, at least in renditions I have heard. The controversy must still rage over what the chants sounded liked in these 11th Century hospitals where the sick were exposed, according to an overall program, to angalyun.
I am trying to work back from the present day forms of music therapy that is used for therapy to the musical forms that were found useful in the middle ages, if that can be established. I am looking for visual representation of instruments, musical notation, or groups of "therapists and patients" in those remote hospital settings.
I wonder if the other chapters contain as much interesting information and are as well referenced?
Robert S. April
New York City


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