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Alchemy and Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment
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Alchemy and Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Hardback)

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Building upon sustained scholarly and popular interest in both alchemy and pre-modern medicine, this volume reveals how physicians practiced alchemy and alchemists produced medicaments. It shows how, besides sharing knowledge, physicians and alchemists engaged in fierce polemics, adapted one another's techniques, and united against common foes. Whether appropriating medical knowledge or defining themselves in opposition to it, alchemical practitioners engaged continually with the practice, theory, and language of medicine.

Adopting a longue duree approach to explore these connections, the sixteen essays in this collection each address a key topic in the history of alchemy and medicine, written by a subject specialist - in many cases, the leading authority on that topic. While European traditions provide the core of the volume, contributors also discuss Greco-Roman Egypt, medieval Islam, the Ottoman Empire, and the East Indies; accommodating Greek, Arabic, Latin, and vernacular traditions. Examination of these themes and contexts furthers our understanding of issues central to the history of science and medicine: the relationship between court and city, print and manuscript, and theoretical and practical knowledge; the circulation of "secrets" literature; the role of chemical medicine in courts and universities; and the material and economic context of alchemy.

Jennifer Rampling is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the history of medieval and early modern alchemy. She is Editor of Ambix, Her books include, The Making of English Alchemy, for Synthesis (University of Chicago Press), and writing Alchemy: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press. Peter M. Jones is Fellow and Librarian at King's College, Cambridge, where he teaches the history of medieval medicine. He is also a Principal Investigator on the Generation to Reproduction project. His books include, Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts (British Library) and De Arte Phisicali et de Cirurgia by John Arderne; from a new digital version of the Stockholm roll (Stockholm: Hagstroemer Biblioteket).

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