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Medicine in the English Middle Ages

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7187.880 (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:880
  1. Christopher Lawrence, reader in history of medicine
  1. Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London

    Faye Getz

    Princeton University Press, £21.95, pp 174

    ISBN 0691085226


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    The term medieval, although available for simple descriptive use, is also open to pejorative employment. How would you like your values, way of life, or indeed your medical practice described as medieval? Such a use is an inheritance of the stigmatisation of the middle ages as superstitious and priest-ridden by our rationalist grandparents, notably Edward Gibbon. Outside this tradition, however, has been another that has sought to understand medieval art and religion in its own …

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