Christianity, Islam and the Medical Renaissance – from Asia to Barts
Therapeutic medical traditions from Asia filtered through to the Middle East largely as a result of established trade routes. Dissent within the hierarchy of the Christian Church culminated in the Patriarch Nestorius being declared a heretic at the Council of Ephesus in 431CE. Following this, scholars from Constantinople fled East and took with them the collective medical wisdom of Greece and Rome which was subsequently translated into Arabic. This was introduced into the Iberian Peninsula in 711CE with the Arab invasion. Translators from Europe – largely working in Toledo – translated the Arabic Texts into French and Latin. This provided the stimulus for the medical Renaissance and clinical care initially focused within Religious Communities such as the Priory of St Bartholomew, Smithfield founded in 1123CE.
Presented by Mr Harvey White, Consultant Surgeon.
15 February 2017
Where: St. Peter’s Parish Church Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1
Drinks and nibbles available from 6.15pm
Talk starts at 7pm
Tickets: Free. Open to Members and their guests