Rencontre autour du corps malade. Prise en charge et traitement funéraire des individus souffrants à travers les siècles, Actes du colloque de Bordeaux, 23-25 mai 2018
Directed by : Sacha Kacki, Hélène Réveillas, Christopher J. Knüsel
Publication du Gaaf n°10, 2021
Published in : 2021
Number of pages : 322
ISBN / ISSN : 9782954152660
This book explores the question of the relationship between past societies and those who suffered from illness and impairment. The 38 contributions that make it up cover a wide chronological breadth, ranging from later prehistory to the present day. They consider, in turn, the places in which the sick were cared for (hospitals, religious establishments, and leprosaria), the funerary treatment that their corpses received in different periods of the past, the accompanying objects associated with them, as well as the medico-surgical practices that can sometimes be reconstructed from the study of skeletal remains. Focusing on social and funerary considerations, this volume illustrates the diverse behaviors elicited by the ailing and unwell according to time and place, thus contributing to current interests in the social history of care, and support of the ill and infirm in past societies.