Medicine, Physick, and Surgery

In the

Late Middle Ages, and Renaissance


(Much more useful than this small class outline)

Quick References: Wikipedia, with doses of Salt as Appropriate

Culpeper, Nicholas, Culpeper's Complete Herbal and English Physician originally 1640s (Paperback - Mar 1987)

Galen, 131-201CE, On the Natural Faculties. Translated by A. J. Brock. University of Adelaide, at Galen, while more of a theorist than Hippocrates, does display analytical thinking about medicine, rather than the magical thinking of pre-rational medicine.

Hippocrates, 460-377BCE, Works. Translated by Francis Adams. Available at the University of Adelaide, Hippocrates runs to practical applications for various ailments.

Longrigg, James, 1934-, Greek rational medicine [electronic resource] : philosophy and medicine from Alcmaeon to the Alexandrians. The link for the book is Book covers the development of medicine in Greece from pre-rational, deriving from Egyptian and Babylonian sources, through classical-period beginnings of rational practice.

Magner, Lois N., 1943-, A History Of Medicine. Second Edition, Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Pub date: c2005.

National Institutes of Health, Greek Medicine from the Gods to Galen” (2002). Located at This is an online exhibit giving a brief overview of Greek medicine, starting with divine / pre-rational concepts and progressing forward.

Paré, Ambroise, 1510-1590, The Apologie and Treatise of AmbroiseParé. Published by the Classics of Medicine Library, 1984.

Rawcliffe, Carole, Medicine & Society in Later Medieval England. Sutton Illustrated History Paperbacks Paperback - Mar 1998

Woodall, John, The Surgions Mate. Originally published 1617. Current ed. By John Kirkup, 1978.