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- Astrological medicine and the medieval English folded almanac
Carey, Hilary M.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
- An earlier study (see Social History of Medicine, 16.3 (2003), 481–509) has provided an analysis of twenty-nine surviving examples of the folded almanac, a group of small, late medieval manuscripts which have been of considerable interest to medical historians. It has been demonstrated that the folded almanac was an English innovation designed in part to cater to the needs of medical practitioners and other professionals with an interest in astrological medicine. This article extends the discussion by considering the date, provenance, and audience of the folded almanac and analyses what these manuscripts can reveal about the role of astrology, medicine, and the calendar in the worldviews of their owners and users. It is argued that astrological medicine, as reflected in the folded almanac, is likely to have been a key force in the wider dissemination of astrology in late medieval English society. The folded almanac can be seen as the progenitor of all later compact-format diaries, calendars, and electronic organizers.
- Social History of Medicine Vol. 17, Issue 3, p. 345-363
- Publisher Link
- Oxford University Press
- Resource Type
- journal article
- This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Social History of Medicine following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version of Carey, Hilary M. 'Astrological medicine and the medieval English folded almanac', Social History of Medicine Vol. 17, Issue 3, p. 345-363 (2004) is available online at: http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/3/345