Download e-book for iPad: A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, by Patricia Ann Clark

By Patricia Ann Clark

ISBN-10: 0754661016

ISBN-13: 9780754661016

In 1930 the Cretan healer Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas re-copied a laptop containing scientific lore handed down via his family members over generations. the current quantity bargains an variation of this workstation including an English translation, the 1st of its type. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks relationship more often than not 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 serious value, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific assets and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional scientific and botanical wisdom. From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari sector, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy old, geographical and social history. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info beneficial for a very good realizing of the textual content. The plentiful materia medica of the workstation is handled in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its numerous names in the course of the millennia. Such entries should not just a key to knowing the Greek clinical legacy, but in addition a bright representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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