Insights into Portuguese Medical History: From the Birth of the Art of Asclepius

Insights into Portuguese Medical History: From the Birth of the Art of Asclepius

Despite its richness as a potential research field, the history of medicine in Portugal has received relatively little attention outside the country. This book develops some of the understudied themes of Portuguese medical history and delivers them to a wider audience by bringing together the work of a group of international scholars. Here, a unique set of innovative studies begins to uncover details of the lives, medical practice and research of some famous and less well-known Portuguese physicians, the Portuguese response to past pandemics, and analyses of a wide range of items of medical material culture and materia medica. The contributions here elucidate topics as wide-ranging as Graeco-Roman medicine and surgery, the history of spectacles, defence against plague and other epidemics, the history of medicinal emeralds and cinchonine, and echoes of the first female forensic physician in Portugal.

This book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of science, and especially those who enjoy the history of medicine and pharmacy.


Maria do Sameiro Barroso, MD, is a Family Medicine Specialist, Germanist, poet, translator, essayist, and researcher in the History of Medicine. She is the President of the Department of History of Medicine of the Portuguese Medical Association and a Researcher at the Centre for History of the University of Lisbon. She is also a Researcher at the Research Centre for Anthropology and Health at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Christopher John Duffin is a Scientific Associate in the Earth Science Department at the Natural History Museum in London, a Research Associate at Bristol University and President of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy. An award-winning palaeontologist, he has published extensively on a wide range of fossil groups, especially sharks and their allies. A co-author of the Handbook of Paleoichthyology Volume 3D (2010), he has also edited several books on the history of medicine.

João Alcindo Martins e Silva holds a PhD in Medical Sciences. He is a retired Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Physiologic Biochemistry and a former Dean (1994-2005) of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon, while he also served as President of the Portuguese Society of Medical Education.

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ISBN: 1-5275-8831-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-8831-8

Release Date: 1st November 2022

Pages: 535

Price: £83.99