What's Wrong with Early Medieval Medicine?

@article{Horden2009WhatsWW,
  title={What's Wrong with Early Medieval Medicine?},
  author={Peregrine Horden},
  journal={Social History of Medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={24},
  pages={5 - 25}
}
The medical writings of early medieval western Europe c. 700 – c. 1000 have often been derided for their disorganised appearance, poor Latin, nebulous conceptual framework, admixtures of magic and folklore, and general lack of those positive features that historians attribute to ancient or later medieval medicine. This paper attempts to rescue the period from its negative image. It examines a number of superficially bizarre writings so as to place them in an intellectual and sociological… Expand
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