Medicine

History of medicine; healing; herbalism

Evidence of medieval caesarian shows people valued life.

An article about the fine of a skeleton from 12th Century England showing evidence of a Caesarian section performed on a woman.

"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened"

Project Gutenberg has released The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby in electronic format.

Medical Knowledge of Medieval Monks

Recent excavations of Soutra Hospital in Scotland show that the medieval Augustine monks had knowledge of anaesthetics and disinfectants as well as surgical instruments.

Pennsic Blood Drive Reminder

Lady Angelique d'Herisson, the Pennsic 34 Chief Vampire and Blood Drive Coordinator, would like to remind everyone of the Pennsic 34 blood drive. Be a hero: save a life!

The Fight For Hope Comes to the Pennsic War!

Hugo Van Halle has issued a challenge to join him on the field of combat at Pennsic 34 in order to raise awareness and funds for Fisher House.

Prevent the Pennsic Plague: Kill a Fly!

Lady Sophia the Orange (Lara Coutinho) offers suggestions for dealing with the fly problem at the Pennsic War.

Science Program Looks at Plague in England

A transcript of "The Plague in Britain," from The Science Show discusses the gruesome visit of the plague in 1665 to the village of Eyam, England with author Robert Lacey.

Deutsche Welle: German "Murder Victim" Actually Bog Girl

A mummified body, originally believed to be a murder victim, has been identified as that of a teenage girl... a 2,700-year-old teenage girl. The remains were discovered in a peat bog near Uchte, Lower Saxony.

Quest for Cure for Children's Leukemia at Pennsic

Lord Gilbert le braceeur de Dijon has announced that he will do battle in a quest to end children's leukemia at the coming Pennsic War.

Young SCAdian Teaches Class to Middle Schoolers

Wulfric and Mihrimah of the Shire of Rockwall in Northshield report on a class taught recently by their daughter Aine for a Wisconsin middle school.

Michaelangelo's Anatomy Lesson

Two Brazilian doctors who are also art lovers think they have uncovered a "secret lesson" in human anatomy in the famous Sistine Chapel frescos.

Medieval Scots' Diet Healthier than Modern

New research on medieval cesspits shows that the diet of 15th century Scots was healthier than that of their modern counterparts.

Traditional Diets Website Compares Food Through the Centuries

The website of the Weston A. Price Foundation compares traditional diets from a number of cultures throughout the ages.

National Geographic: Antibiotics in African Beer Gave Health Boost

A new study of the bones of 4th century Nubian people from the Sudan in North Africa leads experts to speculate that their beer may have had antibiotic properties.

National Herb Garden Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The National Herb Garden in Washington, D.C. kicked off a six-month long celebration of its 25th anniversary May 21, 2005.

Pennsic 34 Blood Drive: Be a Hero, Save a Life at Pennsic War

THLady Angelique d'Herisson is once again organizing the annual blood drive at the Pennsic War.

Study Warns: Over-Hydration Can Kill

A study published in a recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine warns athletes and runners that vast amounts of water or sports drinks can be lethal.

New Scientific Methods Used to Study Medieval Diet

"Fast or feast: reconstructing diet in later medieval England by stable isotope analysis," an article by Michael P. Richardsa, appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

How the Plague Changed the World

New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani looks at The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, a new book by John Kelly.

Black Plague has Effect on HIV

A recent medical study by researchers at the University of Liverpool concludes that the Black Plague of the Middle Ages may have increased modern Europeans' resistance to HIV.

Medieval Science Page

The Medieval Science Page is a comprehensive directory of cataloged links to resources about general science in the Middle Ages. Topics include alchemy, navigation, mathematics, medicine, botany, timekeeping (horology), weights and measures (metrology), physics, and many others.

The lepers are coming

Leprosy was eradicated from Britain in the 17th century, but "lepers" (aided by costume and makeup) will return in a torchlight procession through the town of Torrington.

Science Daily: Did Shakespeare have Syphilis?

A new study of the writings of William Shakespeare leads researchers to believe the bard may have had syphilis.

Medieval villagers 'passed human TB on to their cattle'

Tuberculosis may have passed from humans to animals, and not the other way around, according to new DNA research conducted on bones from an abandoned medieval village in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Lefties have the Upper Hand in Fights

Right-handed fighters beware. According to a new study by the University of Montpellier, left-handers are "better in fights."

Knit for Charity

Several SCA kingdoms are participating in a project to knit or crochet bandages for people suffering from leprosy.

Luther's "Loo" Excites Archaeological Community

Archaeologists in Germany believe they have found Martin Luther's toilet in a newly-unearthed annex of his Wittenberg home.

Catching the Bug: Aoife Gets the Flu

This week, Dame Aoife discusses medieval illnesses, especially the flu.

Midrealm Champions Accept Challenge Against Breast Cancer

Sgt. Rutgur of the Middle Kingdom, along with the other baronial champions, has accepted a challenge by His Majesty Brannos to raise money for breast cancer research.

Medieval dentistry was better than many believe

A paper by osteoarchaeologist Trevor Anderson, published in the British Dental Journal, discusses medieval dental hygiene and health, and says the practices of the time were more advanced than is popularly believed.