By Patricia Ann Clark
N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a workstation containing clinical lore handed down via his kinfolk over generations. the current quantity bargains an version of this computer including an English translation, the 1st of its variety. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, sensible handbooks courting as a rule to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, besides snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary recommendation, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either attention-grabbing and of severe value, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific 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 historic, geographical and social historical past. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info helpful for an exceptional knowing of the textual content. The ample materia medica of the computing device is handled in a considerable appendix. each one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its a number of names in the course of the millennia. Such entries usually are not just a key to realizing the Greek clinical legacy, but in addition a bright representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.
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A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary by Patricia Ann Clark