The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages

March 15, 2014, Reading, United Kingdom

Health was an issue for all ranks of society throughout the Middle Ages, whether competing with coughs and colds, dealing with disabilities or persevering through plague epidemics. Afflictions came in all shapes and sizes and had varying levels of impact upon the lives of sufferers. But what course of action would be best when faced with injury or illness? Would you turn to homely, herbal remedies, the secular salvation of physicians and surgeons or the miraculous medicHealth was an issue for all ranks of society throughout the Middle Ages, whether competing with coughs and colds, dealing with disabilities or persevering through plague epidemics. Afflictions came in all shapes and sizes and had varying levels of impact upon the lives of sufferers. But what course of action would be best when faced with injury or illness? Would you turn to homely, herbal remedies, the secular salvation of physicians and surgeons or the miraculous medicine of the saints?ine of the saints?

Further inquiries and any proposals are to be sent to the organizer, Ruth Salter, r.j.salter@pgr.reading.ac.uk.

Posted: February 10, 2014