The Art of Medicine: Medical Teaching at the University of Paris, 1250-1400

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In this work, the author contributes to our understanding of the formation of medicine as a university discipline by explaining how a collection of medical works known as the Ars medicine ("The Art of Medicine") came to form the basis of medical teaching in the early universities. Based upon extensive manuscript research, this study explains how the collection evolved to suit the needs of university medical teaching and how it helped to establish Hippocratic-Galenic medicine as the new medical othodoxy. Focusing upon the medical faculty at the University of Paris, the book investigates how medical texts were produced, who owned them and how they were used in the classroom. It thus explains how language was used, how textual authority was created and utilized, and how text-based knowledge was sanctioned in the classroom.

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'...O'Boyle's book should do much to advance work in the future.'
Peter Biller, Medical History, 2002.
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Cornelius O'Boyle, Ph.D. (1987) in History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, is Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has published articles on learned medicine and surgery in the late middle ages, and has edited a text on medieval medical astrology.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations 1-3

1. Medical Studies in Paris
2. Medical Scholars in Paris
3. The Ars Medicine
4. The Ars Commentata
5. Acquiring the Ars
6. Teaching the Ars
7. Learning the Ars


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