Healing and Society in Medieval England

Healing and Society in Medieval England

A Middle English Translation of the Pharmaceutical Writings of Gilbertus Anglicus

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Originally composed in Latin by Gilbertus Anglicus (Gilbert the Englishman), his Compendium of Medicine was a primary text of the medical revolution in thirteenth-century Europe. Composed mainly of medicinal recipes, it offered advice on diagnosis, medicinal preparation, and prognosis. In the fifteenth-century it was translated into Middle English to accommodate a widening audience for learning and medical “secrets.”
    Faye Marie Getz provides a critical edition of the Middle English text, with an extensive introduction to the learned, practical, and social components of medieval medicine and a summary of the text in modern English. Getz also draws on both the Latin and Middle English texts to create an extensive glossary of little-known Middle English pharmaceutical and medical vocabulary.


Originally composed in Latin by Gilbertus Anglicus (Gilbert the Englishman), his Compendium of Medicine was a primary text of the medical revolution in thirteenth-century Europe. Composed mainly of medicinal recipes, it offered advice on diagnosis, medicinal preparation, and prognosis. In the fifteenth-century it was translated into Middle English to accommodate a widening audience for learning and medical “secrets.”
    Faye Marie Getz provides a critical edition of the Middle English text, with an extensive introduction to the learned, practical, and social components of medieval medicine and a summary of the text in modern English. Getz also draws on both the Latin and Middle English texts to create an extensive glossary of little-known Middle English pharmaceutical and medical vocabulary.



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Sometime before 1250, Gilbertus Anglicus (Gilbert the Englishman) produced his Compendium medicinae , a primary text of the 13th-century medical revolution. In the early 15th century, the work was translated from Latin into Middle English. Based upon Getz' doctoral dissertation (U. of Toronto, 1981), this is the first publication of the entire text, accompanied by extensive scholarly apparatus. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1991
ISBN: 9780299129330
0299129330
0299129306
9780299129309
9780299129347
0299129349
Characteristics: 1 online resource (lxxiii, 378 pages)
Additional Contributors: Gilbertus Anglicus

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