as the barbarous peoples were brought to a state of mind to appreciate it.
Bearing this in mind, it is easier to understand the course of medical traditions through the Middle Ages, and especially in the earlier period, with regard to which our documents are comparatively scanty, and during which the disturbed conditions made medical developments impossible, and anything more than the preservation of the old authors out of the question. The torch of medical illumination lighted at the great Greek fires passes from people to people, never quenched, though often burning low because of unfavorable conditions, but sometimes with new fuel added to its flame by the contributions of genius. The early Christians took it up and kept it lighted, and, with the Jewish physicians, carried it through the troublous times of the end of the old order, and then passed it on for a while to the Arabs. Then, when favorable conditions had developed again, Christian schools and scholars gave it the opportunity to burn bright
I recommend this book to anyone who's interesed in history of medicine/learning/the Middle Ages.
The contents of this book is:
II. GREAT PHYSICIANS IN EARLY CHRISTIAN TIMES
III. GREAT JEWISH PHYSICIANS
V. GREAT ARABIAN PHYSICIANS
VI. THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AT SALERNO
VII. CONSTANTINE AFRICANUS
VIII. MEDIEVAL WOMEN PHYSICIANS
IX. MONDINO AND THE MEDICAL SCHOOL OF BOLOGNA
X. GREAT SURGEONS OF THE MEDIEVAL UNIVERSITIES
XI. GUY DE CHAULIAC
XII. MEDIEVAL DENTISTRY--GIOVANNI OF ARCOLI
XIII. CUSANUS AND THE FIRST SUGGESTION OF LABORATORY
METHODS IN MEDICINE
XIV. BASIL VALENTINE, LAST OF THE ALCHEMISTS,
FIRST OF THE CHEMISTS
I. ST. LUKE THE PHYSICIAN
II. SCIENCE AT THE MEDIEVAL UNIVERSITIES
III. MEDIEVAL POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE
(The author was a Professor in Medicine at the time of writing.)
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