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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: The Compositiones Medicamentorum of Scribonius Largus

The Compositiones Medicamentorum of Scribonius Largus

This PhD project investigates the Compositiones medicamentorum of Scribonius Largus, a first century CE Latin medical recipe collection. Ianto Jocks is producing an English translation and commentary to provide an in-depth study of this important source for ancient pharmacology, pharmacy, and medicine, but also to make this text more accessible beyond a Classicist audience. Ianto investigates the text in the broader context of ancient medicine, as well as the work’s practical pharmacology as compared to the contemporary works of Celsus and Dioscorides. Furthermore, he investigates the reception of the text, particularly in late 19th century and early 20th century German language scholarship, and the insights this provides into contemporary pharmacological and dental practice during the rise of these two professions as academic subjects and clinical sciences. Finally, he studies the role of the patient in this technical treatise, and the evidence for Scribonius’ ethical and sympathetic approach to healthcare.