History of medicine; healing; herbalism
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-05-12 19:07
In the 14th century, Charterhouse Square in London was no-man's land, making it an excellent place to bury victims of the Black Plague. Now the site is the focus of archaeological investigations after being unearthed during construction of the city's Crossrail project. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-05-03 13:07
The discovery of the remains of King Richard III of England has led to the discussion of the king's scoliosis, "a lateral or side-to-side curvature of the spine," easily seen in the skeleton, and the techniques that would have been available to "cure" it.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-04-27 14:28
Now that Richard III's body has been identified, experts are probing his mind. In a paper presented March 2, 2013 at the University of Leicester, Professor Mark Lansdale and forensic psychologist Dr Julian Boon offered an analysis of Richard III's character.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-04-21 12:01
For centuries, medical historians have believed that advancements in medicine were stalled between the days of Galen and the Renaissance. Now radiocarbon dating of a mummified, dissected head to the 13th century, shows that medieval doctors may have been more sophisticated than previsouly believed. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-04-11 19:35
Scientists from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain are studying the remains of a 5th century Roman woman found buried in a Roman cemetery in the archaeological site of La Fogonussa. The woman, aged 30 to 40 years, had suffered from an ovarian tumor.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2013-03-18 07:42
Digging for a new rail line in london, England has revelaed a mass grave with 13 skeletons in it. Dates based on pottery indicate that the graves date to the mid 1300s.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-03-13 19:01
It was not a blow in combat that felled legendary Renaissance warrior Giovanni de’ Medici, but gangrene resulting from being hit by a cannon ball, in a battle in Lombardy on Nov. 25, 1526, according to a new study conducted after the exhumation of de’ Medici's body.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-01-07 09:53
Tartar warlord Tamerlane may have been the greatest conqueror of all, outshining Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great, but few recognize the fact that the great warrior was severely disabled in his youth. The BBC features Tamerlane in an article for Disability History Month.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-12-28 21:46
Gino Fornaciari, professor of forensic anthropology and director of the pathology Museum at the University of Pisa, leads a team of scientists who recently exhumed the body of Giovanni de' Medici, considered one of the greatest warriors of the age. The team plans to study the body to better understand Renaissance surgery.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-12-21 11:55
Evan Andrews of the History Channel online discusses the innovations that made Rome great in his article 10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-12-05 16:44
For over 400 years, rumours have surrounded the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, including one which suggested that Brahe was murdered using mercury by his assistant Johannes Kepler. Now, after two years, evidence from the scientist's exhumed body disproves the theory.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-11-13 16:26
Dr Tarrin Wills, from the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, believes that Vikings used their understanding of human psychology to "profile" possible trouble-makers. He recently presented his research at the British Science Festival.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-15 16:08
USC professor Sharon DeWitte is steeped in death, specifically the Black Death that ravaged Europe during the 14th century. DeWitte is studying how conditions in Europe before and after the plague and the effects of the disease on the lifespan of survivors changed life in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-10-02 16:10
Trepanation, the practice of drilling holes into the skulls of living beings for medical or religious purposes, was rarely performed in the Middle Ages, but the discovery of two skulls in Spain, dating to the 13th or 14th centuries, has made experts scramble for an answer.
Submitted by amefinch on Wed, 2012-09-26 16:47
The SCA is often referred to as the Middle Ages as we wish it could have been... without religious persecution and the plague. It's time we brought back the plague!! Join us for an event to celebrate all of the earth shattering craziness of the premiere knowne world tour of the Black Death.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-09-01 13:47
On the blog Cultural Compass, an employee of the Harry Ransom Center chronicles the discovery of rare evidence of medieval eyeglasses, not in an illustration, but in the end pages of a book.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-07-19 16:58
34-year-old Philippe Charlier works with the dead - long dead - and likes it that way. Nicknamed the "Indiana Jones of the Graveyards," Charlier is France's most famous forensic anthropologist, and his patients are the country's historic personages the likes of Henri IV and Charles III.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-08 18:06
Israeli and Korean scientists have teamed up to study the remains of a Korean child, dating to the 16th century Joseon Dynasty, which show evidence of the hepatitis B virus. The results led to the map of the entire ancient hepatitis B viral genome.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-06-18 07:42
Tony and Claire Thorpe of Dorset, England should never have met. He's a "heathen warrior in chain mail armour," and she's a World War II French nurse.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-05-22 12:53
New research by experts at St Andrews University in Scotland reveals the reading habits of medieval people by determining accumulations of dirt on each page.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2012-04-11 13:03
The British Library began the final phase of an 18-month project, and has uploaded numerous scientific works to its Digitised Manuscripts site, with more additions in the coming weeks.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-03-26 19:42
This facinating photo gallery traces the history of artificial limbs from ancient Egypt though the Rennaisance and into modern times.
Submitted by Galen_of_Ockham on Tue, 2012-03-20 15:10
With War Season upon us, many thoughts turn to how to survive - and enjoy - the next large camping event. Friar Galen of Ockham, OP, a physician in the modern world, offers some information on hydration and how it really works.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-12-23 11:16
Every athlete - be they football hero or SCA knight - knows the value of pickles and pickle juice as a "secret weapon" to balance electrolytes during intense exercise, especially in hot weather. Now a new study from Brigham Young University validates the folk remedy.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-11-27 14:47
An international team of researchers has reconstructed the genetic code of the Black Death using DNA extracted from the teeth of medieval corpses buried in a graveyard in London's East Smithfield. Their research has been published in the science journal Nature.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-11-17 16:42
Over two thousand years ago, a Roman ship sank off the coast of Italy, near the island of Elba. Among the items on the ship was an ancient medical kit containing a mortar and pestle set, medicine spatulas, and pills and tablets that are surprisingly similar to our modern ones.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-11-03 19:51
Friar Galen of Ockham announces the formation of Marginalia: An "Invisible College" for Natural Philosophers of the Knowne World of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-09-25 17:36
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State Univerity has issued a call for papers for its 18th Annual ACMRS Conference. The topic is: Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Deadline for papers will be October 16, 2011.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-09-22 20:38
The annual undergraduate conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will convene February 16-19, 2012 in Tempe Arizona. The topic of this year's conference is: Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Tue, 2011-09-20 11:45
The type of bacteria which caused the European "Black Death" plague in the mid-1300s has been identified as Yersina pestis, according to a news report on CNN.com. That particular strain of bacteria no longer seems to exist, although a different form still affects people in a number of countries.