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

By Patricia Ann Clark

ISBN-10: 0754661016

ISBN-13: 9780754661016

In 1930 the Cretan healer Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas re-copied a computer containing scientific lore handed down via his kinfolk over generations. the current quantity deals an variation of this pc including an English translation, the 1st of its sort. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks relationship almost always to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, besides snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary suggestion, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either interesting and of serious significance, iatrosophia enable glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific assets and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional clinical 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 ancient, geographical and social heritage. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really expert details valuable for a very good figuring out of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the pc is handled in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its a variety of names during the millennia. Such entries aren't just a key to realizing the Greek scientific legacy, but in addition a brilliant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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