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Author Everett, Nicholas.

Title The Alphabet of Galen : pharmacy from antiquity to the Middle Ages : a critical edition of the Latin text with English translation and commentary / by Nicholas Everett
Published Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 445 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, digital file
Contents 1. Introduction to the Alphabet of Galen -- A. Introduction -- B. Character of the AG and Its Date of Composition -- C. History of the AG -- D. Prologue and Epilogue -- E. Liber de dynamidiis -- F. Road through Ravenna? -- G. Self-Medicating in Late Antiquity -- H. Evaluating the AG's Pharmacy -- I. Evaluating the AG's Botany -- J. Conclusion -- 2. Pharmacology -- A. Introduction -- B. Natural Products and Pharmacy -- C. Sensory Perception -- D. Drug 'Properties' -- E. t Four Main Properties, Implicit Theory, and Greek Cosmology -- F. Uis vs uirtus -- G. Humour, Bile, and Phlegm -- H. Explicit Theorizing in the AG -- I. 'Doctrine of Signatures' and the Absence of Magic in the AG -- J. Non-Medical Uses -- K. Conclusion -- 3. Sources Compared and Lost -- A. Introduction -- B. Dioscorides -- C. Pliny -- D. Sextius Niger: The Possibility -- E. Other Lost Sources BC to AD -- F. Two Linguistic Echoes: The Diaeta Theodori and Ps. Apuleius -- G. Conclusion -- H. Comparanda: An apparatus comparationum -- 4. Language, Latinity, and Translation -- A. Introduction: Language and Dating the AG -- B. Grammar -- C. Vocabulary -- D. Uiscidus and uiscide -- E.-aster / -astrum Suffix -- F. Greek in the AG -- G. Conclusion -- H. Difficulties of Terminology and Translation -- I. Neologisms and Rare Words -- 5. Manuscripts -- A. Overview and Editorial Principles -- B. Variants -- C. Manuscripts -- D. Editio princeps -- Alphabetum Galieni (Latin Text) / The Alphabet of Galen (English translation) -- A. Plants and Plant Products -- B. Minerals and Mineral Products -- C. Animals and Animal Products -- D. Places and Place-Names -- E. Medical -- F. General -- G. Interesting or Rare Words (see also ch. 4.I.)
Summary With a comprehensive scholarly apparatus and a contextual introduction, The Alphabet of Galen is a major resource for understanding the richness and diversity of medical history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Preliminary critical text in English, with some words and phrases in Greek and Latin. The text of the Alphabet of Galen is in Latin, followed by the English translation on facing pages
Subject Alfabetum Galieni -- Translations into English
Alfabetum Galieni -- Translations into Latin
Alfabetum Galieni -- Criticism and interpretation
Alfabetum Galieni
Materia medica -- Early works to 1800.
Medicine, Greek and Roman -- Early works to 1800.
History, Ancient.
Pharmacy -- Early works to 1800.
History of Pharmacy.
History, Medieval.
Materia Medica -- history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442664908 (electronic bk.)
9781442664906 (electronic bk.)