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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 family members over generations. the current quantity deals an version of this computer including an English translation, the 1st of its variety. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, functional handbooks relationship regularly 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 value, iatrosophia permit 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 area, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy ancient, geographical and social historical past. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info worthwhile for a great realizing of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the pc is taken care of in a considerable appendix. each one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an summary of its a variety of names in the course of the millennia. Such entries usually are not just a key to knowing the Greek clinical legacy, but additionally a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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