Category Archives: Byzantine Medicine

Health and Disease in Byzantine Crete – Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean

For those seriously into this subject, this book sounds just the tonic! Daily life and living conditions in the Byzantine world are relatively underexplored subjects, often neglected in comparison with more visible aspects of Byzantine culture, such as works of … Continue reading

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Byzantine Herbs and Drugs – The Poison Aconite or Wolfsbane

I am very pleased to be able to bring you a further piece by Laura Diaz-Arnesto, from Uruguay (I have forgiven her and her nation for the huge error of her compatriot linesman in the England v Germany World Cup … Continue reading

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Byzantine herbs and drugs – the magical and dangerous mandrake

I am so pleased to be able to bring you this piece about the uses and properties of the mandragora, ‘mandrake’ plant, by one of the blog’s first adherents, and regular commentator, Laura Diaz-Arnesto, who hails from Uruguay. Laura is … Continue reading

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