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Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine

Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi

  • Gideon Manning
  • Cynthia Klestinec


  • Covers more ground (ranging from the 13th to the 17th century) than previous collections

  • Collates work by some of today's most distinguished historians of early medicine and science

  • Showcases different methodologies and shares original research

  • Announces new areas and sources for future research


Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gideon Manning, Cynthia Klestinec
    Pages 1-14
  3. Nancy Siraisi
    Pages 15-28
  4. Medicine, Commentaries and the Medieval Classroom

  5. Medicine, Writing History and the Republic of Letters

  6. Medicine, Collections and Their Illustrations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-307

About this book


This book presents essays by eminent scholars from across the history of medicine, early science and European history, including those expert on the history of the book. The volume honors Professor Nancy Siraisi and reflects the impact that Siraisi's scholarship has had on a range of fields. Contributions address several topics ranging from the medical provenance of biblical commentary to the early modern emergence of pathological medicine. Along the way, readers may learn of the purchasing habits of physician-book collectors, the writing of history and the development of natural history. Modeling the interdisciplinary approaches championed by Siraisi, this volume attests to the enduring value of her scholarship while also highlighting critical areas of future research. Those with an interest in the history of science, the history of medicine and all related fields will find this work a stimulating and rewarding read.


Nancy Siraisi Intellectual History of Medicine Early Science Republic of Letters Early Modern Collections emergence of pathological medicine History of Cambridge University medical provenance Ecclesiastical Historians John Caius Stephen Arlandi Jordan de Turre Speculum medicine, Historia plantarum Gessner Observationes medicae rariores Observationum medicarum libri tres Philosophical Transactions Thomas Bartholin

Editors and affiliations

  • Gideon Manning
    • 1
  • Cynthia Klestinec
    • 2
  1. 1.Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA
  2. 2.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi
  • Editors Gideon Manning
    Cynthia Klestinec
  • Series Title Archimedes
  • Series Abbreviated Title Archimedes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56513-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85933-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56514-9
  • Series ISSN 1385-0180
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0064
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 307
  • Number of Illustrations 28 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Science
    History of Education
    History of the Book
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“This is an outstanding volume and nice testament to the importance of Nancy Siraisi’s career and the ways in which her scholarship and, indeed, interpersonal relationships have shaped the field. … This work should, therefore, appeal to anyone interested in the early modern or medieval history of medicine, with a special interest for those focused on the wider context in which medical knowledge was articulated across this era.” (Bradford Bouley, Nuncius, Vol. 33 (3), November, 2018)

“The authors draw inspiration from Siraisi’s research method and reinforce her central themes. The essays thus mirror Siraisi’s work, … Siraisi’s research methods and work praised in this remarkable volume.” (Fabrizio Baldassarri, Gesnerus, Vol. 75 (2), 2018)