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bloodletting

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Bloodletting was performed on healthy members of religious communities at regular intervals throughout the year. It is described in monastic customaries and mentioned in visitation records,...

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cautery

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The application of external heat to produce the searing or burning of living tissue. It is used to arrest capillary bleeding or to remove small growths. It may be used to remove or...

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diagnosis

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

n. the process of determining the nature of a disorder by considering the patient’s signs and symptoms, medical background, and – when necessary – results of laboratory tests...

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feud

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Sports and Exercise Medicine.

One of the central protections members of kin groups offered to one another in the MA, the feud was a means of resolving disputes through violence, negotiation, or a combination ...

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flagellation

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Medicine and Health.

In the Middle Ages, flagellation was both imposed as a punishment and freely self-administered as an act of Penance. Penitential self-flagellation evolved out of, though continued to...

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Host

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Medicine and Health.

The bread (often the Host) consecrated in the Eucharist.

A host (in a monstrance) is the emblem of St Clare of Assisi.

Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old...

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Medicine and Witchcraft

Peter Elmer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

March 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Article. Subjects: History; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); History of Medicine. 7073 words.

This article discusses the role played by medicine and the medical sciences in shaping and making sense of early modern witchcraft. It suggests that despite the interest of members of the...

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perfume

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Medicine and Health.

Is used for a wide variety of purposes: aesthetic, religious, culinary, and medicinal, among others. Traditionally perfumes were made from plant and animal substances and prepared in the...

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pharmacy

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Medicine and Health.

n. 1. the preparation and dispensing of drugs. 2. premises registered to dispense medicines and sell poisons.

1. the preparation and...

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phlebotomy

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Medicine and Health.

(venesection) n. the surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to remove blood (e.g. in the treatment of polycythaemia) or to infuse fluids, blood, or drugs in the treatment of many...

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