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Title: The Greek world and medical tradition healers and healing on the eve of the Greek revival (1700-1821)
Author: Papadopoulos, Christos
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis examines the medical culture of the Greek world between 1700 and the period leading to the eve of the Greek rising of 1821. It is a study of medical pluralism as it surveys the variety of healers and forms of healing. It identifies healing customs, and assesses traditional healing practices alongside academic medicine and religious healing traditions and ideas. It explores and contrasts the influences of different modes of civic administration and Orthodox religion on the local therapeutic landscape and evaluates the impact of Western Europe on the practice and evolution of medicine in Greek society. Central to the themes of this investigation are the intellectual and practical interrelationships between the three sources of healing, academic medical ideas, religious and traditional healing. The thesis is based on analysis of archival material from the Academy of Athens, the Gennadius Library, the National Library of Greece, the Centre for Neohellenic Research, the Historical and Palaeographic Archive of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece, the Ethnological Society of Greece, the Historical archives of Corfu, the Corfu Reading Society, the British Library, and the Wellcome Library. Broadly speaking, existing studies of the history of Greek medicine for the early modern and Enlightenment periods are relatively rare and treat the subject in contrasting ways. Most authors engage with the topic from the focus of a history of academic medicine. On other occasions, the subject forms a small part of a history of the exact sciences, or of religion or its material is used in modern anthropological studies. In the context of this investigation, the views of ordinary people are considered alongside the learned community to offer a wide-ranging view of medical ideas and practices in Greek society for the period leading to the formation of the modern Greek state.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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