samedi 10 octobre 2015

Intégrer l'alimentation dans l'histoire de la médecine médiévale

A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine

Talk by  Dr Iona McCleery (University of Leeds)

History of Pre-Modern Medicine series 

Tuesday, 13th October

The history of food and the history of medicine have largely developed along separate lines. This is particularly the case for the Middle Ages, although there have been some significant studies of food in regimen texts and health principles in cookery books. Recently, there has been new work reinforcing the importance of food provision and regulation for urban public health and hospital care. Bioarchaeologists are surging ahead in the study of nutrition and the skeleton. Yet many aspects of the inter-relationships between diet, illness and health remain rather neglected. Arguing first of all that the history of health is becoming the primary focus of scholarship rather than the history of medicine alone, this paper will explore the wide range of ways in which food and drink can be brought to bear on the study of health and well-being in past populations. There will be an overview of current research and possible future directions. The paper will end with a presentation of how food, drink, illness and recovery interact in medieval miracle narratives.


The seminar will take place in the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

Doors open at 6pm prompt, the seminar will start at 6.15pm.

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