A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, by Patricia Ann Clark

By Patricia Ann Clark

N 1930 the Cretan healer, Nikolaos Konstantinos Theodorakis of Meronas, re-copied a computer containing clinical lore handed down via his family members over generations. the current quantity bargains an variation of this workstation including an English translation, the 1st of its type. It belongs to the style of iatrosophia, functional handbooks relationship usually to the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries which compiled therapeutic knowledge, besides snippets of agricultural, meteorological and veterinary recommendation, and admixtures of faith, astrology and magic. either interesting and of serious value, iatrosophia let glimpses of classical and Byzantine scientific resources and illustrate the energy and resilience of Greek conventional clinical and botanical wisdom.

From years spent exploring neighborhood therapeutic customs in Crete's Amari sector, Patricia Clark is ready to current Theodorakis' iatrosophion opposed to a wealthy historic, geographical and social history. Introductory essays and explanatory notes to the interpretation provide context to the iatrosophion and supply the really good info worthwhile for a superb realizing of the textual content. The plentiful materia medica of the workstation is taken care of in a considerable appendix. each one animal, mineral, plant or product is supplied with an outline of its quite a few names during the millennia. Such entries are usually not just a key to knowing the Greek clinical legacy, but additionally a vibrant representation of its utilization from antiquity to the current day.

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Which eye moves easier? Open your eyes, stand up, and look around. Which eye sees more clearly? Go back to the chair and cover your dominant eye with the patch. Repeat the previous movements with the non-dominant eye. Begin with the stick straight out in front, then work with the far end of the stick over to the side of the eye that is open, and then work with the far end of the stick over to the side of the eye that is covered, so that the two pins appear to be lined up. Remember to breathe as you move, and to notice what you can see with your peripheral vision.

Take off your eye patch, lie down on the floor, and cover your eyes with the palms of your hands. Compare the left and right visual fields, and notice which one is blacker, and which one extends out to the left and right, and up and down, the most. Move your eyes around a little, and pay attention to the sensations of movement of the eyeball. Which eye moves easier? Which eyeball feels bigger? Roll to one side, stand up, and put the eye patch on your dominant eye. Return to the place that you marked on the floor, and repeat the previous movements with the non- dominant eye open and watching the stick.

After a minute or two, set the head down and stop moving. Now, squeeze your eyes, and repeat the previous motion, holding the eyes squeezed tightly shut as you move. Notice how squeezing the eyes affects the lifting of the head. Does the head lift as far as before? Does the head feel heavier? Do you hold your breath? After one or two minutes of this, continue to lift the head, but relax the eyes. How does the motion feel now? Once again, squeeze the eyes and lift the head. After a minute, set your head down and rest.

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