1st Edition

Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages

By Peregrine Horden Copyright 2008
    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    The first part of this collection brings together a selection of Peregrine Horden's papers on the history of hospitals and related institutions of welfare provision from their origins in Late Antiquity to their medieval flourishing in Byzantium and the Islamic lands as well as in western Europe. The hospital is seen in a variety of original contexts, from demography and family history to the history of music and the liturgy. The second part turns to the history of healing and medicine, outside the hospital as well as within it. These studies cover a period from Hippocratic times to the Renaissance, but with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region - Byzantine, Middle Eastern and Western - in the Middle Ages.

    Contents: Preface; Part 1 Hospitals and Institutions of Care: How medicalized were Byzantine hospitals?; The confraternities of Byzantium; Ritual and public health in the early medieval city; Religion as medicine: music in hospitals; A non-natural environment: medicine without doctors and the medieval European hospital; Family history and hospital history in the Middle Ages; A discipline of relevance: the historiography of the later medieval hospital. Part 2 Sickness and Healing: Pain in Hippocratic medicine; Travel sickness: medicine and mobility in the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Renaissance; The death of ascetics: sickness and monasticism in the early Byzantine Middle East; Saints and doctors in the early Byzantine empire: the case of Theodore of Sykeon; Responses to possession and insanity in the earlier Byzantine world; Disease, dragons and saints: the management of epidemics in the Dark Ages; Mediterranean plague in the age of Justinian; The Millennium bug: health and medicine around the year 1000; Continuity and discontinuity in the history of Mediterranean music therapy; Addenda; Index.


    Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

    'Students of medieval hospitals will rejoice at the publication of this collection, but all historians of ancient and medieval medicine will find here some food for thought. In particular, they will encounter methodological insights that offer an alternative to discourse studies and epistemological relativism' - Social History of Medicine.

    ‘Historical studies on medieval medicine have undergone profound renewal in recent decades. The works of... Peregrine Horden are an outstanding example of this renewal as well as of the fruitfulness of the anthropological perspective in historical-medical studies of the pre-modern world... In sum, Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages constitutes a valuable addition to our knowledge of western medicine’ [translation from original Spanish] – Dynamis.

    'The Variorum Collected Studies Series has a long-standing tradition of presenting the best articles by individual established scholars in an easily accessible and useful format, and this volume continues that tradition. The sixteen essays collected in this book highlight the impressive breadth of Peregrine Horden’s interests and abilities. ... Peregrine Horden’s essays are insightful, valuable and a good read. Whether analysing a historiographic tradition (essay VII) or addressing a specific historical theme, the articles in this volume point us in new directions that will benefit scholars in fields as varied as the history of medicine, ecology, spirituality and medieval culture' - Medical History.

    'Ein Werk, das in der entsprechenden Abteilung einer medizinhistorischen Bibliothek nicht fehlen sollte' - Sudhoffs Archiv.