A study of the portrayal of surgeons in Medieval English Literature, utilizing pastoral, theological, recreational, and medical writings.
Table of Contents
I: Medicine as Metaphor
• Introduction: Medieval Surgery and the Social Power of Metaphor
• The Wounds of Sin
• II: Damnation and Salvation
• Surgery as Damnation: Cleanness
• Surgery as Salvation: The Siege of Jerusalem
• III: Surgery and Selfhood
• Surgery and the Surgeon: The Practica of John Arderne
• Surgery and the Priest: The Penitential Poetry of John Audelay
• Surgery and the Secular Reader: "Betere is hire medycyn"
• Conclusion: Whole and Sound?
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