A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, by Patricia Ann Clark

By Patricia Ann Clark

N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computer containing clinical lore handed down via his kinfolk over generations. the current quantity bargains an version of this computing device including an English translation, the 1st of its sort. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, functional handbooks relationship commonly to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, in addition to snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary suggestion, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either attention-grabbing and of serious significance, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical resources and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional scientific and botanical wisdom.

From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari quarter, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy old, geographical and social heritage. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info helpful for an excellent figuring out of the textual content. The ample materia medica of the computer is taken care of in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its a number of names during the millennia. Such entries aren't just a key to realizing the Greek scientific legacy, but additionally a bright representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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