History 96: Nature and Knowledge

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History 96: Nature and Knowledge


Science - History
Natural history
Medicine - History


A collaboration of Tisch Library Special Collections and History 96: Nature & Knowledge, taught by Professor Alisha Rankin at Tufts University, Spring 2015.


Rankin, Alisha
Barbour, Christopher


Tufts University. Tisch Library.




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Ryff, 1543. Binding.
Contemporary decorated brown calf binding stamped with a crucifixion scene at center, with the word MEDICA (medicine) above and the name GEOR(G) SCHEL(L) below. Clasp fastenings, but lacking clasps.

Tacuinum Sanitatis, Folio 23r. Garlic
Tacuinum Sanitatis was originally written in the 11th century in Arabic by physician Ibn Buṭlān as a collection of health remedies. The work was alter translated into Latin and widely used. This page focuses on Garlic, and its health benefits and…

Tacuinum Sanitatis, Autumn
Tacuinum Sanitatis. Folio 52.v

Tacuinum Sanitatis, f. 85r, Full-bodied, red wine
Full-bodied, red wine. Nature: hot and dry in the second degree. Optimum: the brilliant, very translucent type. Benefit: it calms the stomach and fainting. Harm: for weak spleen and liver. Remedy for harm: with sour pomegranates. Effects: red bile.…

Tacuinum Sanitatis. Folio 25r. Carrots.
Carrots. Nature: hot in the second degree, wet in the first. Optimum: red, sweet, winter [harvest]. Benefit: they promote intercourse and stimulate urination. Harm: slow digestion. Remedy for harm: cook well. Effects: sperm and sharp blood. Advisable…

Tacuinum Sanitatis. Front/Back Cover; Inscription (French).
Bound in embossed ivory covered leather with brass clips. The large size (13" in length) indicates that it was probably not intended to be carried around. Inside writing indicates that this version is from 21 November 1887 and includes 104 sheets…

Tacuinum Sanitatis. Introduction
Introduction and dedication of the text. Illustration of the coat of arms of owners of the book.

Tacuinum sanitatis. Folio 91. Honey.
This page discuses the health benefits and harms of honey in the text below the image. The image clearly depicts bees around three large honey combs, showing the origin of honey.

Tacuinum Sanitatis
large and fragrant. Benefit was that it helped with headaches and insomnia if smelled, a poultice for leprosy and black infections of the skin. It however dulls the senses but this can be remedied with ivy berries.
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