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The apothecary's chest; magic, art and medication.


The apothecary's chest; magic, art and medication.

Ed. by Konstantina Georganta et al.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing


165 pages




Scholars mostly of literature, but also the history of medicine look at scientific and literary figures of the apothecary, the alchemist, and the shaman as clues to the evolving relationship between mysticism, knowledge, and superstition. They consider such topics as gender power struggles and the occult in surrealism, Joseph Cornell's Pharmacy series as a modernist antidote, the popular use of precious stones medicinally in early modern Scotland, Christ as a pharmacist and healer in iconography and literature of the late Medieval and early modern times, and myth-making and rationality in the initiation of the shaman Quesalid in Claude Levi-Strauss. The 13 papers are from a November 2007 symposium in Glasgow. They are not indexed.

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