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Siraisi, Nancy G.

Works: 52 works in 192 publications in 3 languages and 8,366 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Biography  Atlases 
Roles: Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: QH81, 509.409031
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Natural particulars nature and the disciplines in Renaissance Europe ( )
12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval & early Renaissance medicine : an introduction to knowledge and practice by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
24 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Western Europe supported a highly developed and diverse medical community in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. In her absorbing history of this complex era in medicine, Siraisi explores the inner workings of the medical community and illustrates the connections of medicine to both natural philosophy and technical skills
History, medicine, and the traditions of Renaissance learning by Nancy G Siraisi ( )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A major, path-breaking work, History, Medicine, and the Traditions of Renaissance Learning is Nancy G. Siraisi's examination into the intersections of medically trained authors and history in the period 1450 to 1650. Rather than studying medicine and history as separate disciplinary traditions, Siraisi calls attention to their mutual interaction in the rapidly changing world of Renaissance erudition. Far from their contributions being a mere footnote in the historical record, medical writers had extensive involvement in the reading, production, and shaping of historical knowledge during this important period. With remarkably detailed scholarship, Siraisi investigates doctors' efforts to explore the legacies handed down to them from ancient medical and anatomical writings and the difficult reconciliations this required between the authority of the ancient world and the discoveries of the modern. She also studies the ways in which sixteenth-century medical authors wrote history, both in their own medical texts and in more general historical works. In the course of her study, Siraisi finds that what allowed medical writers to become so fully engaged in the writing of history was their general humanistic background, their experience of history through the field of medicine's past, and the tools that the writing of history offered to the development of a rapidly evolving profession. Nancy G. Siraisi is one of the preeminent scholars of medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, specializing in medicine and science. Now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a 2008 winner of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she has written numerous books, including Taddeo Alderotti and His Pupils (Princeton, 1981), which won the American Association for the History of Medicine William H. Welch Medal; Avicenna in Renaissance Italy (Princeton, 1987); The Clock and the Mirror (Princeton, 1997); and the widely used textbook Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine (Chicago, 1990), which won the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. In 2003 Siraisi received the History of Science Society's George Sarton Medal, in 2004 she received the Paul Oskar Kristellar Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Renaissance Society of America, and in 2005 she was awarded the American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction. "A fascinating study of Renaissance physicians as avid readers and enthusiastic writers of all kinds of history: from case narratives and medical biographies to archaeological and environmental histories. In this wide-ranging book, Nancy Siraisi demonstrates the deep links between the medical and the humanistic disciplines in early modern Europe." --Katharine Park, Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University "This is a salient but little explored aspect of Renaissance humanism, and there is no doubt that Siraisi has succeeded in throwing light onto a vast subject. The scholarship is wide-ranging and profound, and breaks new ground. The choice of examples is fascinating, and it puts Renaissance documents into a new context. This is a major book, well written, richly learned and with further implications for more than students of medical history." --Vivian Nutton, Professor, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, and author of From Democedes to Harvey: Studies in the History of Medicine "Siraisi shows the many-dimensioned overlaps and interactions between medicine and 'history' in the early modern period, marking a pioneering effort to survey a neglected discipline. Her book follows the changing usage of the classical term 'history' both as empiricism and as a kind of scholarship in the Renaissance before its more modern analytical and critical applications. It is a marvel of erudition in an area i
New worlds, ancient texts : the power of tradition and the shock of discovery by Anthony Grafton ( Book )
20 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On encountering what he called "the Indies," the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out otherwise ... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travelers to the New World, and it is this experience, with its profound effect on Western culture, that Anthony Grafton charts. Describing an era of exploration that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. The intellectual shift mapped out here, a movement from book learning to empirical knowledge, did not take place easily or quickly, and Grafton presents it in all its drama and complexity. What he recounts is in effect a war of ideas fought, sometimes unwittingly by mariners, scientists, publishers, scholars, and rulers over one hundred fifty years. He shows us explorers from Cortes and Columbus to Scaliger and Munster, laden with ideas gathered from ancient and medieval texts, in their encounters with the world at large. In colorful vignettes, firsthand accounts, published debates, and copious illustrations, we see these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional images and notions of the world beyond Europe. The fundamental cultural revolution that Grafton documents still reverberates in our time. By taking us into this battle of books versus facts, a conflict that has shaped global views for centuries, Grafton allows us to re-experience and understand the Renaissance as it continues to this day
Historia empiricism and erudition in early modern Europe ( )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The early modern genre of historia connected the study of nature and the study of culture from the early Renaissance to the eighteenth century. The ubiquity of historia as a descriptive method across a variety of disciplines -- including natural history, medicine, antiquarianism, and philology -- indicates how closely intertwined these scholarly pursuits were in the early modern period. The essays collected in this volume demonstrate that historia can be considered a key epistemic tool of early modern intellectual practices. Focusing on the actual use of historia across disciplines, the essays highlight a distinctive feature of early modern descriptive sciences: the coupling of observational skills with philological learning, empiricism with erudition. Thus the essays bring to light previously unexamined links between the culture of humanism and the scientific revolution. The contributors, from a range of disciplines that echoes the broad scope of early modern historia, examine such topics as the development of a new interest in historical method from the Renaissance artes historicae to the eighteenth-century tension between "history" and "system"; shifts in Aristotelian thought paving the way for revaluation of historia as descriptive knowledge; the rise of the new discipline of natural history; the uses of historia in anatomical and medical investigation and the writing of history by physicians; parallels between the practices of collecting and presenting information in both natural history and antiquarianism; and significant examples of the ease with which early seventeenth-century antiquarian scholars moved from studies of nature to studies of culture
Taddeo Alderotti and his pupils : two generations of Italian medical learning by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
14 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Avicenna in Renaissance Italy : the Canon and medical teaching in Italian universities after 1500 by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arts and sciences at Padua: the studium of Padua before 1350 by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The clock and the mirror : Girolamo Cardano and Renaissance medicine by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cardano's medical advice included the suggestion that "the studious man should always have at hand a clock and a mirror"--A clock to keep track of the passage of time and a mirror to observe the changing condition of his body. The remark, which recalls his astrological and autobiographical interests, is emblematic of the many connections between his medicine and his other pursuits. Cardano's philosophical eclecticism, beliefs about occult forces in nature, theories about dreams, and free transactions between academic and popularizing scientific writing also contributed to his medicine
Medicine and the Italian universities, 1250-1600 by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Renaissance medical learning : evolution of a tradition ( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Italian and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Communities of learned experience : epistolary medicine in the Renaissance by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"During the Renaissance, collections of letters both satisfied humanist enthusiasm for ancient literary forms and provided the flexibility of a format appropriate to many types of inquiry. The printed collections of medical letters by Giovanni Manardo of Ferrara and other physicians in early sixteenth-century Europe may thus be regarded as products of medical humanism. The letters of mid- and late sixteenth-century Italian and German physicians examined in Communities of Learned Experience by Nancy G. Siraisi also illustrate practices associated with the concepts of the Republic of Letters: open and relatively informal communication among a learned community and a liberal exchange of information and ideas. Additionally, such published medical correspondence may often have served to provide mutual reinforcement of professional reputation. Siraisi uses some of these collections to compare approaches to sharing medical knowledge across broad regions of Europe and within a city, with the goal of illuminating geographic differences as well as diversity within social, urban, courtly, and academic environments of medical learning and practice. The collections she has selected include essays on general medical topics addressed to colleagues or disciples, some advice for individual patients (usually written at the request of the patient's doctor), and a strong dose of controversy."--Project Muse
Arts and sciences of Padua the studium of Padua before 1350 by Nancy G Siraisi ( )
2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rational arts of living : Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Conference in the Renaissance, 1982 by Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Conference in the Renaissance ( Book )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fabric of the human body : an annotated translation of the 1543 and 1555 editions by Andreas Vesalius ( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This title recreates the masterpiece of science and art for the first time in a way that is understandable to 21st century readers who do not have any knowledge of Latin. The texts of both the 1543 and the 1555 editions have been translated with the utmost care by Northwestern University Professors Emeritus Daniel H. Garrison and Malcolm H. Hast, a task they completed in over 20 years of painstaking and dedicated work. Annotations give the reader keen insight into just how innovative 'De humani corporis fabrica' was, and high-resolution digital scans of the almost 300 woodcuts provide the images with a sharpness they never had before
Science, medicine, and the university, 1200-1550 : essays in honor of Pearl Kibre ( Book )
4 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval & early Renaissance medicine by Nancy G Siraisi ( )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
<DIV>Western Europe supported a highly developed and diverse medical community in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. In her absorbing history of this complex era in medicine, Siraisi explores the inner workings of the medical community and illustrates the connections of medicine to both natural philosophy and technical skills.</DIV>
From summetria to symmetry the making of a revolutionary scientific concept by Giora Hon ( )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct fr
Arts and sciences in the Stadium (University) of Padua in the thirteenth and first half of the fourteenth century by Nancy G Siraisi ( Book )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Yeni dünyalar eski metinler : geleneğin gücü ve keşiflerin yarattığı şaşkınlık by Anthony Grafton ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in Turkish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Siraisi, Nancy.
Siraisi, Nancy 1932-
Siraisi, Nancy G., 1932-
Siraisi, Nancy Gillian 1932-
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