By Patricia Ann Clark
N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computer containing scientific lore handed down via his relations over generations. the current quantity bargains an variation of this pc including an English translation, the 1st of its sort. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks courting typically to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, besides snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary recommendation, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either interesting and of severe value, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific resources and illustrate the power and resilience of Greek conventional clinical and botanical wisdom.
From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari sector, 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 supply context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good details important for a superb figuring out of the textual content. The plentiful materia medica of the computing device 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 throughout the millennia. Such entries will not be just a key to knowing the Greek scientific legacy, but additionally a vibrant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.
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A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary by Patricia Ann Clark