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

25 OCT


Report back on the Society Tour to Jordan

Where: 7.00 pm start at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 - between Euston Station and Euston Square tube.

Tickets: Members and their guests only

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