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Health, Disease, and the Medieval Body

Ann G. Carmichael

Ann G. Carmichael is an historical epidemiologist originally trained in medicine and now emerita at Indiana University. She specializes in the history of plague and other infectious diseases, particularly in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She is currently completing a study of mortality and public health in Sforza-era Milan (1450–1535). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...Diet and environment shape the physical health and disease risks of human populations. Because people in the Middle Ages accepted different notions and concepts of health and disease than we hold today, it can be confusing to build...

Sex, Medicine, and Disease

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Medieval medical texts only occasionally deal with sexuality directly, and any such attempts are accompanied by self-justification on the part of the author, solemnly insisting upon the legitimacy of the subject as it is presented...

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Roberta Milliken

Roberta Milliken is Professor of English at Shawnee State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...This is a book about hair—which means that it is also a book about history, about culture, and about language as well as symbolism. At first glance, thinking so specifically about hair might give one pause. Is something that is so common...

Beautiful Bodies

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...Studying the history of human beauty is a difficult endeavor as it was a complex aspect of medieval experience. It is not uncommon to think of beauty as a set of positive, desirable, and historically determined ideal traits forming a canon....

Bodies and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...In the Old French fabliau Du con qui fu fez a la besche (The Cunt That Was Made with a Shovel), the author ends his description of the devil’s creation of female genitalia with a curiously paradoxical statement. Although woman’s sexuality...

Medicine and the Senses: Feeling the Pulse, Smelling the Plague, and Listening for the Cure

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...A sign of change in the quality of the body happens in four ways: either by sight as in jaundice, morphew, a blackened tongue and the like; or by smell, such as fetid breath or sweat [that smells like] a lobster or a he-goat or the like...

Race and Ethnicity: Hair and Medieval Ethnic Identities

Kim M. Phillips

Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and author of Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1275-1540 and co-author of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Hair types, hairstyles, facial hair, and hair coverings all feature among medieval markers of ethnic difference. During the period ca. 800 to ca. 1450, medieval Europeans formulated divisions between peoples that encompassed both cultural...

Health and Hygiene: Hair in the Medical Traditions

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In medieval Latin Europe, hair was a common object of interest for both health practitioners and the lay public alike. From a theoretical and an empirical point of view, hair was connected to health and disease, and practices involving its...

Introduction

Monica H. Green

Monica H. Green is a historian of medieval European medicine and global health. In 2009 and 2012, she ran a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in London on “Health and Disease in the Middle Ages,” which had as its central goal the exploration of ways that the scientific and humanistic disciplines could engage in productive dialogue about the history of disease and health-seeking behaviors. During this same period, she has also argued for the development of a new field, “Global History of Health,” which explores the evolution of the major pathogens that have afflicted the human species since its origin up to the present day, and the ways that human cultural changes have facilitated or hindered those pathogens’ trajectories. In addition to many works on the cultural history of medieval medicine, she is the author of “The Value of Historical Perspective,” in The Ashgate Research Companion to the Globalization of Health, ed. Ted Schrecker (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 17–37; and “The Globalisations of Disease,” which will be published in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...In 1995, a leading medieval historian published an essay entitled “Why All the Fuss about the Medieval Body?” Caroline Walker Bynum , “Why...

Body and Soul

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The relationship between body and soul is central to philosophical thought in the Western tradition, even prior to Aristotle’s treatise on the soul. Any attempt to approach this topic in such a way as to communicate the endless diversity...