Writing Early Modern Medicine for Medical Readers

By Alisha Rankin Years ago, in a recipe collection belonging to Countess Elisabeth of the Palatinate (1552-90), I found a fascinating entry: a copy of an official document that described trials of a poison antidote on dogs, which I described in a post on this blog. My interest in that document has expanded into an … Continue reading Writing Early Modern Medicine for Medical Readers

Introduction – Joyful News of Medicine from Iberian Worlds

R.A. Kashanipour In 1565, the Spanish physician and herbologist, Nicolás Monardes wrote of the great secrets of nature revealed by Spanish encounters of the New World. In the first book of his Dos libros of medicine, Doctor Monardes remarked of the discovery of new and diverse kingdoms in the Occident that abundantly produced gold, silver, … Continue reading Introduction – Joyful News of Medicine from Iberian Worlds

History of Food and Medicine

This just in from contributors Rachel Rich and Sara Pennell… Check out their virtual issue of Social History of Medicine on ‘Food the Forgotten Medicine’.  What is a virtual issue? Well, as guest editors for an online-only issue of SHM, they have compiled a collection of articles from the journal’s archives on food and medicine. … Continue reading History of Food and Medicine

Human Milk as Medicine in Imperial China: Practice or Fantasy?

By He Bian What does milk have in common with blood? According to Kou Zongshi (fl. 1110-1117), author of Bencao yanyi (Extended Interpretations on Materia Medica), they are basically the same vital fluid produced by the female body at two critical moments in a woman’s life. While the first menstrual period signifies the maturation of … Continue reading Human Milk as Medicine in Imperial China: Practice or Fantasy?