which he endeavoured to communicate. The book has set a new benchmark in the study of late medieval thought. Takashi Shogimen Department of History University of Otago Hobby, Elaine, ed., The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, The Woman's Book (Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity), Aldershot, Ashgate, 2009; hardback; pp. xxxix, 310; 7 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. £60.00; ISBN 9780754638186. First published in 1545 with the last edition appearing in 1654, a modern version of The Birth of Mankind by the physician Thomas Raynalde is long overdue. Elaine Hobby has spent nine years correcting this glaring omission to present a new version of the authoritative 1560 edition. In an informative introduction, she identifies the general sources which The Birth of Mankind closely follows. These include Avicenna, Rhazes, Hippocrates and Albert the Great's (Albertus Magnus') encyclopaedic midthirteenth century On Animals. She also examines Richard Jonas' 1540 version of The Birth of Mankind, a translation of Eucharius Rösslin's Rose garden (1513) that Raynalde revised by correcting terminology and updating medical knowledge to present a more sophisticated text. By way of preparing the modern reader for Raynalde's medical concepts, Hobby also uses her introduction to outline the basic Early Modern understanding
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Published: Jul 14, 2010
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