Tag Archives: Adam S. Komorowski

Episteme and translation in an annotated copy of the Canon of Medicine by Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)

Sang Ik Song Adam S. Komorowski Limerick, Ireland   Processes of Translation in European Medieval Medical Episteme Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine, pg 275: Hooper has underlined “nentaphyllon” and re-written the mis-transcription on the margin in Arabic. The episteme and movement of knowledge of medieval medicine in Europe is a syncretic, multifarious complexity that is often […]

The King’s-Evil and sensory experience in Richard Wiseman’s Severall Chirurgicall Treatises

Adam Komorowski Sang Song Ireland   Charles II touching a patient for the King’s Evil (scrofula) Throughout many centuries, the monarchs of England maintained as royal prerogative the ability to heal the sick by virtue of their miraculous touch alone. William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1143) first described the use of the thaumaturgic touch by King Edward […]

Doctorum Ecclesiae: the medical clerics of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, England

Adam S. Komorowski Sang Ik Song Limerick, Ireland   It is difficult to remember that in medieval and early modern Europe the church was often the locus of medical practice and that medicine and religion had a symbiotic co-existence.1 Many of the early Christian Church Fathers, some given the title Doctors of the Church, saw their […]