New book – Tiffany A. Ziegler : Medieval Healthcare and the Rise of Charitable Institutions: The History of the Municipal Hospital (Palgrave, October 2018)

Medieval Healthcare and the Rise of Charitable Institutions: The History of the Municipal Hospital examines the development of medieval institutions of care, beginning with a survey of the earliest known hospitals in ancient times to the classical period, to the early Middle Ages, and finally to the explosion of hospitals in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. For Western Christian medieval societies, institutional charity was a necessity set forth by the religion’s dictums—care for the needy and sick was a tenant of the faith, leading to a unique partnership between Christianity and institutional care that would expand into the fledging hospitals of the early Modern period. In this study, the hospital of Saint John in Brussels serves as an example of the developments. The institution followed the pattern of the establishment of medieval charitable institutions in the high Middle Ages, but diverged to become an archetype for later Christian hospitals.


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Medieval Medicine – London Medieval Society Colloquium – 5th May 2018 – London

Medieval Medicine –
London Medieval Society Colloquium
Saturday 5th May 2018,


Join us to explore medieval medicine at this one day colloquium with papers ranging from medical expertise and remedies in England and Normandy and the dissemination of Arabic and Persian medical works in Byzantium to the mapping the medieval brain and the origins of public health. Guest speakers include Alison Hudson (British Library), Elma Brenner (Wellcome Institute), Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London), Bill MacLehose (UCL) and Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway). A wine reception which will immediately follow the colloquium.


Programme:
10.45 Registration
11.00 ‘Feeling no Pain? Remedies and Rhetoric in England c.1000’,
Alison Hudson (British Library).
11.45 ‘Medical Expertise in Medieval Normandy’,
Elma Brenner (Wellcome Institute)
12.30 Lunch
1.30 ‘The Dissemination of Arabic and Persian Medical Works in Byzantium’,
Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London)
2.15 ‘The Normal and the Pathological: Mapping the Brain in Medieval Medicine’,
Bill MacLehose (UCL)
3.00 Coffee
3.30 ‘The Origins of European Public Health?’
Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway)
4.15 Round Table (Chair: Daniel McCann, Lincoln College, Oxford)
5.00 Wine Reception
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