Social History of
Special Issue: The Year 1000. Medical Practice at the End of the First Millennium
Guest editors Peregrine Horden and Emilie Savage-Smith
Historians of medicine join in the celebrations of the new millennium by looking back a thousand years. The eight
essays in this collection provide a thematically and geographically coherent exploration of the medical world of
the ninth, tenth and eleventh centuries – a period of our medical past which has received relatively little
scholarly or popular attention. The focus is on the three cultures which, in differing ways, inherited the medical
legacy of classical antiquity: western Christendom (especially England, France and Italy), Byzantium, and medieval
Islam. Contributors emphasize practice rather than theory. Yet by examining the full range of evidence that the
period has left us, they reveal not only the scale and vigour of the practice but also the often surprising extent
to which practice and theory could part company.
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Report on the one-day symposium on ‘Medical
Practice around the Year 1000’, held at the Wellcome Unit for the History of
Medicine, Oxford, November 2000.