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    DescriptionThis is an edition, commentary, and English translation of a medical notebook belonging to a traditional healer from the village of Meronas in central Crete, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis. The manuscript was re-copied in 1930 from an earlier version and contains healing lore passed down through his family over generations. It belongs to the genre of latrosophia: practical manuals of collected healing wisdom, dating mainly from the 17th to 19th centuries, which contain admixtures of agricultural and meteorological lore as well as elements of religious, astrological and magical beliefs and traditions. At the core of much of the therapeutic advice and botanical information in this, as in other latrosophia, lies material from much earlier classical and Byzantine medical texts. A group of introductory essays provide information necessary for an appreciation of the edited text: discussions of the genre of latrosophia, their historical and cultural context and their relationship to ancient and Byzantine medicine; of the institution of village healers (with particular reference to Theodorakis), of Crete as a source of therapeutic plants, the landscape of the Amari region; and, general comments on unusual textual features such as the Cretan dialect, spelling and orthographic habits.

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    A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition
    Text, Translation and Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patricia Ann Clark
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 260
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9780754661016
    ISBN 10: 0754661016

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: MED051000
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBX
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 41
    B&T General Subject: 510
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC1
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: MAJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    DC22: 610.938
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    BISAC V2.8: REL033000, MED039000
    LC classification: R138 .C53 2011
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    DC23: 610.938
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    Thema V1.0: MBX, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    includes 5 b&w illustrations
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    28 November 2011
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    Author Information
    Patricia Ann Clark, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Canada
    Table of contents
    Foreword, Alain Touwaide; latrosophia; Historical background: Crete and iatrosophia; Crete's Amari: social and geographical context; Theodorakis: the man and his work; Text, translation and notes; Preface to the appendix; Appendices:; 1. Diseases, symptoms, syndromes; 2. materia medica; 3. Alternative therapeutic procedures, magical and religious elements; 4. Pharmacy; Preface to the indices; Indexes.