Medical lore in the bestiaries

Thomas R Forbes

Medical History, 12:3 (July), 1968, 245-253

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"...relatively little attention seems to have been given to one aspect of the bestiary, its content of crude medical lore, although the important studies of Dr. Beatrice White disclosed a rich fleld. My concern is with medical elements in the bestiaries proper, excluding the related but separate compilations of traditional remedies ascribed to, or written by, St. Hildegard of Bingen, Alexander Neckam, Johannes Cuba, and others. If one concedes its broad influence in the realms of art and literature, it seems safe to assume that the bestiary may also have been an influential element in popular medicine." Forbes

Language: English

DOI: 10.1017/s0025727300013284; PMCID: PMC1033826


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