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Author Allen, Meagan S., author

Title Roger Bacon and the incorruptible human, 1220-1292 : alchemy, pharmacology and the desire to prolong life / Meagan S. Allen
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations (black and white)
Series Palgrave studies in medieval and early modern medicine
Palgrave studies in medieval and early modern medicine.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Roger Bacon and the Unnatural State of Man -- 3. Learning to Prolong Life -- 4. The Corpus Equale -- 5. Medicines and their Effects on the Body -- 6. Debate and Authority in the Reshaping of Medicine -- 7. Franciscan Understanding of the Ideal Human Body -- 8. Conclusion
Summary This book examines Roger Bacons alchemical theories, and explains how he believed that the key to extending life lay not in the curricula as taught in the medical faculties of the universities, but in the study of alchemy. Though twelfth- and thirteenth-century alchemy was generally concerned with the transmutation of metals, Bacons alchemy was a much larger area of study, and encompassed the generation and corruption of all material things in the sublunary world. It was this aspect of alchemy, which Bacon referred to as speculative alchemy, that explained how the four elements of fire, air, water, and earth interacted with each other to make the basis of reality as man could know it. Thus, the study of alchemy in conjunction with humoral medicine could explain not only how the human body worked, but how it interacted with the materials around it, illuminating the method of prolonging life to extreme lengths.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 01, 2023)
Subject Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294
Medicine, Medieval -- Great Britain
Medicine -- History -- To 1500
Alchemy -- History -- To 1500
Medicine -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- To 1500
Alchemy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- To 1500
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783031128981