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Coral in Petrus Hispanus’ ‘Treasury of the Poor’

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Maria Do Sameiro Barroso
Maria Do Sameiro Barroso
Portuguese Medical Association, Department of History of Medicine, Avenida Gago Coutinho, 151, 1749–084 Lisbon, Portugal msameirobarroso@gmail.com
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Published:
January 01, 2017

Abstract:

Coral features among the naturalia in the Cabinets of Curiosities in which, from the sixteenth century onwards, nobles and wealthy people exhibited their exotic riches and jewels. Petrus Hispanus (c. 1215–77), consecrated Pope John XXI, was also a doctor. This paper surveys the importance of coral as an amulet and a medicine in Petrus Hispanus’ work within the folklore and the medical traditions of the time and in the framework of ancient lithotherapy, bringing the therapeutic use of coral into relationship with its chemical compound calcium carbonate.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Geology and Medicine: Historical Connections

C.J. Duffin
C.J. Duffin
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C. Gardner-Thorpe
C. Gardner-Thorpe
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R. T. J. Moody
R. T. J. Moody
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Geological Society of London
Volume
452
ISBN electronic:
9781786203335
Publication date:
January 01, 2017

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