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Published: 05 February 2020

368 Pages | 8 colour and 5 black-and-white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198850687

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Innovation in Byzantine Medicine

The Writings of John Zacharias Aktouarios (c.1275-c.1330)

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

Oxford Studies in Byzantium

  • Presents the first full-scale critical study of the writings of the preeminent Late Byzantine physician John Zacharias Aktouarios and, more generally, of Byzantine medical literature in any language
  • Sets John's works within their broader social and intellectual context, providing new insights into the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge between Byzantium and its neighbours
  • Draws on detailed analysis of a wide range of medical sources, including unpublished material, such as the Greek translation of Ibn al-Jazzar's Zad al-Musafir
  • Opens up new avenues for comparative studies in the history of medicine and, in particular, the exploration of similar medical developments in the medieval West and the Islamic World