Toxicology in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 1st Edition

  • Philip Wexler
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  • ISBN-10: 0128095598
  • ISBN-13: 9780128095591
  • DDC: 615.9009
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released January 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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This book provides an authoritative and fascinating exploration into the use of toxins and poisons in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It approximately covers the 1100s through the 1600s, delving into different aspects of toxicology, such as the contributions of scientific scholars of the time, sensational poisoners and poisoning cases, as well as myths. Historical figures, such as the Borgias and Catherine de Medici are discussed. Toxicologists, students, medical researchers, and those interested in the history of science will find insightful and relevant material in this volume.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
About the Editor.
1: Poison and Its Dose: Paracelsus on Toxicology.
2: The Golden Age of Medieval Islamic Toxicology.
3: Maimonides’ Book on Poisons and the Protection Against Lethal Drugs.
4: Pietro d’Abano, De venenis: Reintroducing Greek Toxicology into Late Medieval Medicine.
5: The Case Against the Borgias: Motive, Opportunity, and Means.
6: Aqua Tofana.
7: Poisons and the Prince: Toxicology and Statecraft at the Medici Grand Ducal Court.
8: Georgius Agricola, a Pioneer in the Toxic Hazards of Mining, and His Influence.
9: Jan Baptist Van Helmont and the Medical–Alchemical Perspectives of Poison.
10: Origin of Myths Related to Curative, Antidotal and Other Medicinal Properties of Animal “Horns” in the Middle Ages.
11: Animal Stones and the Dark Age of Bezoars.
12: Fossil Sharks’ Teeth as Alexipharmics.
13: Catherine La Voisin: Poisons and Magic at the Royal Court of Louis XIV.
14: A Late Medieval Criminal Prosecution for Poisoning: The Failed Murder Trial of Margarida de Portu (1396).
15: Animal Venoms in the Middle Ages.
16: Medical Literature on Poison, c. 1300–1600.