Medieval Bodies: Life And Death In The Middle Ages
- Global History, General Interest , European History
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Dissecting the medieval body
Medieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today: Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive. But while this medieval medicine now seems archaic, it also made a critical contribution to modern science.
Medieval Bodies guides us on a head-to-heel journey through this era's revolutionary advancements and disturbing convictions. We learn about the surgeons who dissected a living man's stomach, the practice of fasting to gain spiritual renown, and more.
Encompassing medicine, mysticism, politics and art—and complete with full-color illustrations—Medieval Bodies shows us how it felt to live and die a thousand years ago.
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|Release Date:||November 12, 2019|