Leprosy in Premodern Medicine
A Malady of the Whole Body
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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pp. vii- xii
This study began as a history of an idea. An initial stimulus for the inquiry was the engaging monograph by Saul Nathaniel Brody titled The Disease of the Soul: Leprosy in Medieval Literature (1974). Explorations in early medical writings increasingly ...
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pp. xiii- xv
A wealth of sources have allowed this study to grow in depth and range—and, I hope, in balance—beyond the initial analysis of a handful of treatises. Access to widely scattered documents was made possible by an Extramural Grant... from the National Library of Medicine of the United States National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland...
Chapter One: The Sources: Texts and Contexts
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I would like to ask you, if there are so many masters of healing in Salerno, how come that their art cannot succeed against your illness? My lord, this amazes me.”With this inquiry of a concerned farmer, the poet Hartmann von Aue framed the topos of..
Chapter Two: Iudicium leprosorum: Medical Judgment
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Now, the terms of “disposition” and “act” in leprosy, as surgeon Guillaume des Innocens touched on several implications of the formal process of identifying leprous patients. He alluded to the relationshipsbetween physicians and surgeons...
Chapter Three: The Many Labels of Leprosy
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We, Thomas de Saint-Pierre, Jean Le Lievre, and Robert de Saint-Germain, masters-regent in the faculty of medicine in Paris, have seen Jean de Bierville, master of arts from the diocese of Reims, who was suspected and reported by certain persons as having the disease that is named and called lepra...
Chapter Four: Definitions and Explanations
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The lord bailiff has summoned the physician, master Deuslosal, and the master surgeons, Deuslogar and Vitalis, Jews and residents of the city of Urgell. He has ordered them to perform an examination on the woman Ramona, properly and lawfully, and in accordance with the art and science of medicine...
Chapter Five: “Une maladie contagieuse et héréditaire”
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Be it known that, by the order of the Lord High Steward of Wolffegg, we the undersigned sworn examiners, Johan Georg Brix, Ph.D., M.D., physician of the city of Wangen in the Holy Roman Empire, and Ignatius Brigel and Antonius Berle, approved barber-surgeons, have examined Judita Hilpertzhauserin, n�e Bitschin, of Somhof, age fifty-nine...
Chapter Six: Causes, Categories, and Correlations
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The Masters in Cologne may have declared Hans free of the permanent and confirmed leprosy [bestedige und befestige u�seczczekeit] , but they could not have cleared him of the incipient stage [anhebende u�seczczekeit] . The latter was, at that... time, visible in
Chapter Seven: Diagnosis: Signs and Symptoms
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March 22, 1574 In re the visitation of Adrien de Bellevalet, licentiate in the laws, solicitor at the Council of Arras, who was suspected of l�pre. Said Bellevalet has been examined, after swearing to tell the truth in the interrogation by the physicians and surgeons. He has been bled from the right arm,..
Chapter Eight: Prognosis, Prevention, and Treatment
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Reverend Father, Together with Doctor Hartmann Schedel, who was in Nuremberg at the time, I have with all diligence examined the bearer of this letter, Conrad, a former member of your household. We have found him not infected by lepra, though...
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In conversations about leprosy (hardly an everyday item on the menu), people routinely suggest comparisons with AIDS, although parallels are illusory—even with regard to social stigma—and differences are too vast for fruitful contrasting. A far more logical counterpart, and a suitable...
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Page Count: 344
Illustrations: 8 b&w illustrations, 11 halftones
Publication Year: 2007