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By Patricia Ann Clark

N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computing device containing scientific lore handed down via his kinfolk over generations. the current quantity deals an version of this pc including an English translation, the 1st of its variety. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, useful handbooks relationship commonly 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 attention-grabbing and of severe value, iatrosophia enable glimpses of classical and Byzantine clinical assets and illustrate the energy 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 historic, geographical and social history. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good details beneficial for a superb figuring out of the textual content. The considerable materia medica of the laptop is taken care of in a considerable appendix. every one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its numerous names in the course of the millennia. Such entries should not just a key to realizing the Greek clinical legacy, but in addition a shiny representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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