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 computing device containing clinical lore handed down via his kin over generations. the current quantity deals an version of this laptop including an English translation, the 1st of its type. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, functional handbooks relationship normally 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 attention-grabbing and of serious value, iatrosophia enable glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical 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 area, 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 provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info invaluable for a very good knowing of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the workstation is taken care of in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its a variety of names in the course of the millennia. Such entries usually are not just a key to knowing the Greek scientific legacy, but in addition a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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