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Hellenism postponed: some aspects of Renaissance medicine, 1490-1530.
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PMID:  9522645     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper aims to draw attention to some of the problems in traditional accounts of the revival of classical medicine in the Renaissance. The rediscovery of Galen from 1525 onwards, and the success of Vesalian anatomy in the 1540s, have encouraged historians to read back into the period from 1490 to 1530 ideas promoted by only a handful of individuals, and to assume that the rhetoric of the reformers was swiftly successful. This was rarely the case. Few could read Greek, the manifesto of Leoniceno in 1490 demanding a return to Greek as the basis of medicine was hardly implemented before the 1530s. Instead, it was Latin authors, both from the past and among the new Humanists, who were most important in the transformation of medical ideas in the first quarter of the sixteenth century.
V Nutton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sudhoffs Archiv     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0039-4564     ISO Abbreviation:  Sudhoffs Arch     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-15     Completed Date:  1998-05-15     Revised Date:  2006-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0240376     Medline TA:  Sudhoffs Arch     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  158-70     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, England.
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MeSH Terms
Complementary Therapies / history*
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
History, Ancient
Manuscripts, Medical / history
Philosophy, Medical / history*

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