Cairo Genizah : Medical

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Extensive portion of a medical book divided into ‘discourses’ and chapters; chapters are further divided into sections devoted to the description of the illness, its symptoms, and cure. P3: chapter 14, ‘on the bite of snakes and related [animals]; P4, ‘on the bite of scorpions’; P4: chapter 15, ‘on the sting of bees’ and chapter 16, ‘on the bite of a rabid dog’; P6: chapter 17, ‘on pain’; P7, treatment of abscesses; P8: chapter 19, ‘on abscesses’; P10, treatment for various kinds of abscesses; P13, ‘on wasp bites’; P14 recto, chapter 20, ‘on warts and nails and rocks; chapter 21, ‘on cold abscesses’; P22 recto: chapter 25: ’on humid scabies’; P23 recto: its symptoms, prognosis and cure; verso: chapter 24; P25 verso: ‘on wounds’; P29: chapter 27: ‘on the flow of blood during miscarriage’; chapter 28; chapter 29: ‘on inflammation’; chapter 30: (probably) on broken or injured feet; P30 recto: beginning of the ‘Second Discourse’; P31 recto: chapter 31 ‘on people who travel’; P33 opens with a table of content of chapters 106-133, followed by the title of chapter 1 ‘on alopecia; P35: chapter 2 ‘on hair loss’; P34: chapter 3 ‘on hair problems’; P36: chapter 6 ‘on illnesses of the head’; P38: chapter 7 ‘on vermin and parasites’; P39 recto: chapter 8 ‘on Tenia’; P39 verso: chapter 9 ‘on water retention (?)’; P41 recto: chapter 10 ‘on headache’; P44 verso: chapter 11 ‘on headaches cause by drunkenness’; P44 recto: chapter 12, on another kind of headache; P45 verso: chapter 14 ‘on migrane (possibly: text is corrupted); P46 recto: chapter 15: ’on ischiectomy’ (surgical removal of part of the hip bone); P49 verso: ‘on lethargy’; P51 verso: beginning of chapter 18; P52 verso: chapter 20: ‘on unnatural changes’; P54 verso: chapter 23: ‘on mania and melancholy’; P56 recto: chapter 24: ‘on desire’; P59 verso: chapter 25: ‘on drunkenness”; P59 recto: chapter 26; P60 verso: chapter 27: ‘on sneezing’; P67 verso: chapter 31: ‘on paralysis’; P69 recto: chapter 32; P71 verso: chapter 33; P73 recto: ‘on mouth problems’; P73 verso: beginning of the Third Treatise: chapter 1: ‘on the eye’; P72 verso: chapter 2: ‘on illnesses of […]; P78 verso: chapter 4: ‘on illnesses [of the eye - text is torn]. Names of illnesses and parts of the body are usually given in a Romance language, probably Italian, and are indicative of the European origin of the manuscript.</p>

 


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