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April 1, 1933

Der Äbtissin Hildegard von Bingen Ursachen und Behandlung der Krankheiten (causae et curae).

JAMA. 1933;100(13):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740130065038

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The author, who combines linguistic scholarship with an intuitive understanding of the spirit of the twelfth century, deserves thanks for making it easy to study one of the earliest documents of German monastic medicine. It is a strange mixture of the teachings of Galen, revived at the school of Salerno, and of the teachings of the Bible. Intermingled with the theological theories are the keen personal observations of the nun, her quite modern conceptions of the constitutional fundamentals of human disease, and an insight into the insufficiency of the pharmaceutics of her time: "These prescriptions have been given by God himself, and they will either cure man or he has to die, or God does not desire that he shall be cured from his disease."

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