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December 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm #14370Andie AllenGuest
Life and Death in the Middle Ages
by Jack Hartnell
- Release date: November 12, 2019
- Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
- Author: Jack Hartnell
- Format: hardcover, 352 pages
- Genres: history, science, medieval, art, medicine, historical, anthropology
- ISBN: 9781324002161 (1324002166)
- Language: english
About The Book
Medieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today: Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores, ideas were supposedly committed to memory by being directly imprinted on the brain, and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive. But while this medieval medicine now seems archaic, it also made a critical contribution to modern science.
Medieval Bodies guides us on a head-to-heel journey through this era’s revolutionary advancements and disturbing convictions. We learn about the surgeons who dissected a living man’s stomach, then sewed him up again; about the geographers who delineated racial groups by skin color; and about the practice of fasting to gain spiritual renown. Encompassing medicine and mysticism, politics and art — and complete with vivid, full-color illustrations — Medieval Bodies shows us how it felt to live and die a thousand years ago.
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