Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine: From Classical Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

Editors: Francia, Susan and Stobart, Anne
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-44-118418-4
Category: Health & Medicine - Health
Image Count: 16
Book Status: Pending
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Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine encourages a serious re-assessment of research in the history of herbal medicine and provides examples of appropriate methodologies and critical examinations of relevant sources. In this innovative collection, historians and researchers from a range of disciplines come together to share material on the identification and use of medicinal plants, the activities of people involved with herbal medicine and the investigation of past herbal therapeutic beliefs and practice.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Notice to Readers
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Contributors
  • Foreword
  • 1 The Fragmentation of Herbal History: The Way Forward - Anne Stobart and Susan Francia
  • Part 1  Revisiting Original Texts: Comparative Textual Analysis and New Perspectives on Original Sources
  • Introduction - Susan Francia and Anne Stobart
  • 2 Early Greek Medicine: Evidence of Models, Methods and materia medica - Vicki Pitman
  • 3 Evaluating the Content of Medieval Herbals - Anne Van Arsdall
  • 4 Early-modern Midwifery Manuals and Herbal Practice - Elaine Hobby
  • 5 An Anatomy of The English Physitian - Graeme Tobyn
  • Part 2 Using Archival Sources: Extending the Evidence Available
  • Introduction - Susan Francia and Anne Stobart
  • 6 The Use of Trade Accounts to Uncover the Importance of Cumin as a Medicinal Plant in Medieval England 111 - Susan Francia
  • 7 Early Modern Childbirth and Herbs – The Challenge of Finding the Sources - Nicky Wesson
  • 8 Testamentary Records of the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries as a Source for the History of Herbal Medicine in England - Richard Aspin
  • Part 3 Focusing on One Individual: Biographical and Other Textual Sources
  • Introduction - Susan Francia and Anne Stobart
  • 9 Galen's Simple Medicines: Problems in Ancient Herbal Medicine - John Wilkins
  • 10 Deciphering Dioscorides: Mountains and Molehills? - Alison Denham and Midge Whitelegg
  • 11 William Turner: A Milestone in Botanical Medicine - Marie Addyman
  • 12 John Parkinson: Gardener and Apothecary of London - Jill Francis
  • Part 4  The Multi-disciplinary Nature of the History of Herbal Medicine, and Contributions from Archaeology and Ethnobotany
  • Introduction - Susan Francia and Anne Stobart
  • 13 Archaeological Sources for the History of Herbal Medicine Practice: The Case Study of St John's Wort with Valerian at Soutra Medieval Hospital - Brian Moffat
  • 14 How Can Ethnobotany Contribute to the History of Western Herbal Medicine? A Mesoamerican Answer - Anna Waldstein
  • 15 Conclusion: The History of Herbal Medicine as a Developing Field - Anne Stobart and Susan Francia
  • Bibliography