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The Works of Paulus Aegineta

Early 15th century
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This fine manuscript is in good condition throughout, except for some water-stains on the last 10 folios. It bears no title-page, nor is the copyist known. Folio 1 has a text in two columns that has no relation to the body of the manuscript, and there are some marginal notes on folios 195-197; otherwise the whole is the work of one writer. The manuscript contains the whole of the seven books of Paulus Aegineta, and it must be assigned to the first half of the fifteenth century. It is one of the most valuable Greek texts in the collection, but it does not appear to have been collated by previous editors.

1. ff. 1r-v. Untitled text not connected to body of manuscript.

2. ff. 2-19v. Book i., treating of hygiene generally, including pregnancy, diseases of children, baths, foods, regimen, sleep, etc.

3. ff. 19v-36. Book ii., treating of fevers.

4. ff. 36v-88. Book iii., Local affections dealt with in topical order titfrom the top of the head to the soles of the feet.

5. ff. 88v-108. Book iv., External affections not peculiar to any particular part of the body; intestinal worms.

6. ff. 108v-118. Book v., Wounds, bites of men and animals, hydrophobia, and poisons. In the manuscript, this book is erroneously called the sixth.

7. ff. 118v-151. Book vi., treating of surgery, fractures and dislocations. Note: one page has been missed out in foliation, between f.128v and f.129r.

8. ff. 151v-197v. Book vii., The properties of drugs and composition of medicines; weights and measures.

9. ff.197v-198v. Untitled text in different hands.


Early 15th century

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198 folios Folio. 30 × 23 cm. Tooled leather (18th cent.) binding, rebacked.

Finding aids

Described in: Warren R. Dawson, Manuscripta medica. A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Medical Society of London (London, 1932).

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