History of medicine; healing; herbalism
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-11-10 16:39
The grave of a 1st century Druid, possibly the first such discovery in England, has been found in Stanway, near Colchester in eastern England. The body in the grave was one of a number of important people buried near the time of the Roman invasion.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-01 08:01
The painting entitled "Old Woman," but better known as the "Ugly Duchess," is one of the most popular in London's National Gallery. It depicts the face of a grotesquely-featured woman, and was painted by Flemish artist Quinten Massys in 1513. Now, experts believe that they have identified the illness suffered by this woman as a rare form of Paget's disease, which deforms the bones. (photo)
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2008-10-09 16:07
The technology magazine "Wired" takes a rare look at the private library of Jay Walker, an entrepreneur whose eclectic historical interests have led him to create a library devoted to things that have "changed the way people think." The stunningly designed room contains books and artifacts from ancient to modern times, combining museum and library.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-07 10:14
The Claude Moore Health Service Library of the University of Virginia has a website with photos of reproductions of surgical instruments excavated from the House of the Surgeon at Pompeii. The reproductions were acquired by the University in 1947.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-04 09:19
The remains of a 4th century Roman discovered recently at York University may be "one of the earliest British victims of tuberculosis." Experts believe that cases of TB were rare in the north of England, and the discovery may help researchers learn more about the disease's spread across the country.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-08-29 04:25
On a street in Strasbourg, France in the summer of 1518, a woman began a fervent 6-day dance that led to a month-long dancing frenzy by more than 400 people. Modern scholars are still undecided about what caused the "Dancing Plague."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-07-21 16:05
SCA member and bard Joe Bethancourt of the Kingdom of Atenveldt reports that four-year-old Avery Lubrecht, the daughter of an SCA fighter, is now fighting for her life. The little girl has Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES), a life-threatening disease that requires extensive medical treatment. You can help.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-13 17:53
New research on the bones of monks interred in six Danish cemeteries shows that the brothers may have been exposed to toxic mercury while copying Biblical texts. Mercury was used in the preparation of red ink.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-11 05:47
1500 years ago, the Justinian Plague swept through the world killing as many as 100 million people. Recently the remains of hundreds of people, believed to have been victims of the plague, were discovered in Castro dei Volsci, Italy.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-06-24 15:55
Researchers from several Danish universities have released a study of mercury levels found in the bones of monks interred in two medieval Danish cemeteries. The high levels of mercury have been attributed to the use of the metal as a medicine to treat such diseases as syphilis and leprosy or, in the case of the monks, from red ink used in the monasteries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-05-14 11:11
Experts working on the recently-discovered mass Roman grave in Gloucester, England will be using DNA tests to determine what killed over 90 individuals. A first look at the remains points to a 2nd century smallpox outbreak that swept across Britain.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-08 17:11
It is with great pleasure that I would hereby like to announce that Knights Crossing will be hosting a workshop on medieval pharmaceuticals and herbs on the weekend of May 30-June 1. Simona Valentini di Piero will be teaching how to make basic salves, essential oils and creams from primary source recipes; enjoy a walk through the fields and forest in which we will learn to identify various useful plants in their natural habitat. Learn about the equipment used and the primary sources that we have on this subject. There will be a small fee for materials and for food for the weekend, but dinner will be Potluck. Location:
Barony of Knights Crossing (Weinheim, Germany)
Submitted by Isolda on Wed, 2008-04-23 23:40
Online journal of 14th century interests and their re-creation.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-04-23 21:08
A new study by modern gynaecologists paints a sordid picture of the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who, according to the study, was "a 'moral loose cannon', whose striking beauty and sex appeal gave Elizabeth other reasons to imprison and execute her."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-04-08 21:38
Archaeologists have discovered a 700-year-old chemists, an herb garden, which supplied the Soutra Hospital near Edinburgh, Scotland.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-02-09 21:36
A new study of nearly 500 skeletons in a London plague cemetery proves that many of the victims had weaker immune systems when they died than normal, leading experts to believe that most who succumbed were old, sick or poor.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-02-05 05:42
A new study claims that explorer Christopher Columbus may have been responsible for bringing syphilis to Europe. The controversial theory has been debated for years, but the new study of molecular genetics may show whether the theory is true.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-01-23 12:32
The plague, which once devastated the population of Europe, is on the rise again, according to experts. Around 100-200 cases are reported annually, but the disease is cropping up in new locations.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2007-12-27 08:26
Need to take off a few pounds or kilograms from the holiday feasting? Eat like your persona! A Shropshire physician claims that Europeans in the Middle Ages were in some ways much healthier than modern people.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-12-21 11:37
New research states that a pint of Guinness a day "may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks," according to an article in the BBC.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-12-17 11:33
For the past 17 years, archaeologists have worked at the site of the Domus del Chirurgo, the House of the Surgeon, the home of a 2nd century Roman doctor in Rimini, Italy. Among the discoveries: "the largest find of surgical instruments anywhere."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-12-11 19:17
The next time you pause for a drink on the battlefield, raise your plastic jug in honor of Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade, who died recently of kidney failure in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 80 years old.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-11-23 17:08
The News for Medievalists blog reports that a research paper dealing with the topic of infant mortality has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-08-28 10:14
According to an article in NewScientist, the Black Death still casts a shadow over the British population by lowering the genetic diversity in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-08-26 12:52
For the SCAdian or handyman who just wants to look cool: Duct tape bandages!
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-08-25 10:39
Christina Lee, co-organizer of the second conference on Disease, Disability and Medicine in Early Medieval Europe, believes the Dark Ages weren't so dark, at least when it comes to medicine. Heather Whipps of LiveScience has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-08-21 19:20
Karl S. Kruszelnicki looks at the history of leprosy from ancient times, through the Middle Ages and into the 20th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-08-18 15:47
Researchers working in St Mark's Basilica in Florence, Italy have exhumed the bodies of two Medici-era literary figures hoping that they can solve the mystery of the men's deaths.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-07-28 15:10
Researchers and medievalists from around the world gathered at the University of Nottingham recently to discuss 'Health and the Healthy Body' in early medieval times, 400-1200AD. The conference covered such diverse topics as demonic possession and Norse diet.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-07-05 18:04
Archaeologists are excited over the revelations discovered during the excavation of graves on Lazzaretto, an island in the lagoon of Venice where the city's sick were isolated. The intensive study has led to incredible discoveries involving disease, diet and genetics.