Talk:Matthaeus Platearius

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The authority in note 1 for the proposition that MP wrote "Circa Instans", in fact says that MP did not write C I. "But thirty years ago new light was thrown on its origin by an Italian authority, Professor Giulio Camus, who found in the Biblioteca Estense at Modena two manuscripts belonging to the fifteenth century. One of these, in Latin, is a treatise on simple medicines, of which the other, in French, is a translation. According to Professor Camus, the Latin manuscript is the work which went through many printed editions, and was popularly known as the " Circa Instans," from the first words of its introduction, which begins, " Circa instans negotium de simplicibus medicinis nostrum versatur propositum," &c. This has long been attributed by medical historians to Matthoeus Platearius, a physician of Salerno in the twelfth century. The " Explicit " of this Latin manuscript is reproduced in facsimile in Professor Camus's memoir, " L'Opera Saleritana ' Circa Instans ' ed il testo primitivo del ' Grand Herbier in Francoys,' secondo duo codici del secolo XV, conservati nella Regia Biblioteca Estense." It runs: "Explicit tractatus herbarum Dioscoridis et Platonis atque Galieno et Macrone translatate, manu et intellectu Bartholomami minid' senis in arte speciarie semper infusus." Some French verses are also reproduced. In these we read, "Il a este escript Millcccc cinquante et huit." It appears, therefore, that the work " Circa Instans " was not written in the twelfth century by the Salernitan physician, Matthaeus Platearius, but by one " Bartholomaeus minid' senis" (? de Senis) in the year 1458. As Professor Camus's memoir was published in 1886, it is somewhat strange that no reference to it is to be found in the recent " Geschichte der Medizin" of Neuberger and Pagel, where the " Circa Instans " is still referred to as the work of Platearius. From this one may infer that the memoir is not well known-an inference. supported by the fact that it lies hidden away in the " Memorie della Reglia Accademia di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Modena," ser. 2, vol. iv, 1886, p. 49. It is worthy of a separate existence." (Old English Herbals, 1525-1640 - H. M. Barlow, pp.126-7)

Northutsire (talk) 20:38, 7 February 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Northutsire (talkcontribs) 20:33, 7 February 2014 (UTC)