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Innovation in Byzantine Medicine – The Writings of John Zacharias Aktouarios (c.1275-c.1330) - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Innovation in Byzantine Medicine: The Writings of John Zacharias Aktouarios (c.1275-c.1330)

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos


Byzantine medicine is still a little-known and misrepresented field not only in the wider arena of debates on medieval medicine but also among Byzantinists. Byzantine medical literature is often viewed as ‘stagnant’ and mainly preserving ancient ideas; and our knowledge of it continues to be based to a great extent on the comments of earlier authorities, which are often repeated uncritically. This book presents the first comprehensive examination of the medical corpus of, arguably, the most important late Byzantine physician John Zacharias Aktouarios (c.1275–c.1330). The main thesis is that Jo ... More

Keywords: Byzantine medicine, Palaiologan Byzantium, John Zacharias Aktouarios, uroscopy, pharmacology, human physiology, pneuma, philiatros, case histories, compilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, author
Wellcome Lecturer in History of Medicine, University of Edinburgh