Thursday, October 14, 2010

Meeting “reinvented our understanding of medical manuscripts” in the High Middle Ages

An international team of medieval scholars from the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, and Canada have made several important discoveries related to medical texts during a meeting held at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. The gathering, entitled “Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age: Paleography and the Medical Book in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance,” examined the evidence for medical thought and writing in late eleventh– and twelfth–century Europe.

The meeting, which was held from September 30th to October 3rd, was organized by Monica Green, professor of history at Arizona State University, and Eliza Glaze, associate professor of history at Coastal Carolina University. They and their colleagues have successfully dated and localized more precisely dozens of landmark manuscripts preserving eleventh– and twelfth–century medicine.

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