Medieval bodies : life, death and art in the Middle Ages / Jack Hartnell
Book | W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. | 2018 | First American edition.

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First American edition.
346 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
First published by Profile Books in partnership with Wellcome Collection in the UK in 2018 under the title MEDIEVAL BODIES: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-324) and index.
Medieval bodies -- Head -- Senses -- Skin -- Bone -- Heart -- Blood -- Hands -- Stomach -- Genitals -- Feet -- Future bodies.
"With wit, wisdom, and a sharp scalpel, Jack Hartnell dissects the medieval body and offers a remedy to our preconceptions. Medieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today: Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores, ideas were supposedly committed to memory by being directly imprinted on the brain, and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive. But while this medieval medicine now seems archaic, it also made a critical contribution to modern science. Medieval Bodies guides us on a head-to-heel journey through this era's revolutionary advancements and disturbing convictions. We learn about the surgeons who dissected a living man's stomach, then sewed him up again; about the geographers who delineated racial groups by skin color; and about the practice of fasting to gain spiritual renown. Encompassing medicine and mysticism, politics and art-and complete with vivid, full-color illustrations-Medieval Bodies shows us how it felt to live and die a thousand years ago"-- Provided by publisher.
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Medieval bodies : life and death in the Middle Ages
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