Tag Archives: Byzantine medicine

Medicine and healthcare in the eastern Roman Empire – a short documentary

This is an original review of the available scientific literature on the medicine and healthcare system of the Roman empire after emperor Constantine the Great. By “A bored scientist’s guide to the universe” References: Lapin A., Wien Med Wochenschr, 2008 … Continue reading

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Twentieth Annual Runciman Lecture “Surgery in Byzantium” – 3 February 2011

Do come along to the Twentieth Annual Runciman Lecture which will take place on Thursday 3 February 2011 at 18.00 in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, of King’s College London. The subject is “Surgery in Byzantium: from antiquity to our … 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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