By Patricia Ann Clark

ISBN-10: 1409435717

ISBN-13: 9781409435716

N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computer containing clinical lore handed down via his family members over generations. the current quantity deals an version of this pc including an English translation, the 1st of its style. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks relationship more often than not 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 severe value, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical resources and illustrate the energy and resilience of Greek conventional scientific 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 supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really expert details worthy for a superb knowing of the textual content. The plentiful 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 figuring out the Greek scientific legacy, but additionally a brilliant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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