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Giorgio Baglivi and The Practice of Physick

James A. Marcum Waco, Texas, United States   Figure 1. Illustration of Giorgio Baglivi from The Practice of Physick by Giorgio Baglivi. Scan courtesy of James A. Marcum “To form a right Judgment of Diseases, is a very difficult Matter.” With this opening sentence, Giorgio Baglivi (Figure 1) began his 1696 treatise De Praxi Medica, […]

Schola Medica Salernitana and medieval medical philosophy

James Marcum Waco, Texas, United States   Schola Medica Salernitana from Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine Biblioteca University, Bologna, Italy The naissance of Schola Medica Salernitana, or the medical school at Salerno, on the Italian southwest coast is shrouded in myth and controversy. According to one tradition, the school’s beginning dates to Parmenides, a pre-Socratic philosopher […]