By Patricia Ann Clark
N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a workstation containing scientific lore handed down via his relatives over generations. the current quantity deals an variation of this computer including an English translation, the 1st of its type. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, functional handbooks relationship mostly 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 significance, iatrosophia let 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 zone, 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 expert info helpful for an outstanding figuring out of the textual content. The plentiful 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 throughout the millennia. Such entries usually are not just a key to knowing the Greek clinical legacy, but additionally a brilliant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.
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