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June 1960

Medieval and Renaissance Medicine

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By Benjamin L. Gordon, M.D. Price, $10. Pp. 800, with 68 illustrations. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1959

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(6):1060. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730060176044

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Abstract

Medieval Medicine was characterized by "faith in authority which permitted no induction or experimentation in contradistinction to ancient Medicine which was a science of thoughtful observation and experimentation." The time from that period to the Renaissance when the spirit of experimentation dawned has always interested medical historians, if only because so little of an authentic nature is known of the Medicine of that period. Dr. Gordon, a distinguished historian of Medicine, undertakes in this volume to fill the void by a thoroughly documented account of Medicine during the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The result is an account that is encyclopedic in scope. The material is covered in an orderly chronological manner and from various aspects. Beginning with an account of early medieval Medicine in Western Europe, it progresses through Byzantine Medicine, Koran, Arabian, Spanish, and Jewish contributions, the rise of scholasticism in Medicine, and of universities especially in Europe.

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