Breaking Bodies/Healing Bodies: Transnational Perspectives on Inhabiting the World.
Diseases and Remedies in the Middle Ages
Both magic and medicine were linked in the Middle Ages to the use of herbs, flowers, and perfumes, all of which were an important part of everyday life. While medicinal plants were a major part of the pharmacopeia, practices such as bleeding, cupping and leeching continued throughout the medieval period. Surgical procedures were also practiced. Opiates were used for anesthesia and wine as an antiseptic. This presentation addresses techniques and remedies used for the cure of multiple diseases as described in medical manuscripts preserved in the British, Vatican
and other libraries.