Medicine Before the Plague: Practitioners and Their Patients in the Crown of Aragon, 1285-1345

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2002 - History - 300 pages
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This book describes the medical world of the early fourteenth century through a study of the extensive archival material and contemporary writings which exist for eastern Spain in the decades before the Black Death. It describes the range of medical practice which then existed - a continuum ranging from scattered academic physicians to barbers and empirics - and gives evidence for the levels and numerical growth of these various occupations in early fourteenth-century communities (although it also emphasizes that occupational distinctions were not yet sharply drawn). The newly translated Greco-Arabic medical learning was beginning to spread through this continuum of practice, and the book argues that public enthusiasm for the new learned medicine led to the 'medicalization' of certain social and legal institutions, thus preparing a role for a medical profession in this society before its physicians had shown any consciousness of collective self-interest and identity.
 

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Contents

The medical history of a royal family
4
Medieval health manpower
35
The success of medical learning
68
A spectrum of practice
108
The response to illness and the maintenance of health
136
Patientpractitioner relationships
166
Medicines social role
190
Conclusion
241
Appendix
246
Bibliography
248
Index
266
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