The Wonderful Art of the Eye

The Wonderful Art of the Eye: A Critical Edition of the Middle English Translation of his De Probatissimo Arte Oculorum

Benvenutus Grassus
Edited by L. M. Eldredge
Copyright Date: 1996
Pages: 350
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    The Wonderful Art of the Eye
    Book Description:

    A thirteenth-century treatise on the theory and practice of ophthalmology, this unique work provides a window on what passed for medical knowledge of the eye during the late Middle Ages. Although little is known of the author, Benevenutus Grassus, he seems to have roamed Italy in the early thirteenth century as a medical practitioner specializing in diseases of the eye.

    eISBN: 978-0-87013-910-9
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-48)

    The existence of Benvenutus Grassus is attested only by his treatise on eye diseases and injuries. His name appears on no list of university lecturers, no manorial or monastic account book, no chronicle, no treatise on another subject. In short we have no details of his life except those that can be inferred from his work on ophthalmology. Even his name is subject to variation, many manuscripts calling him Grapheus or Graffeus, one even calling him Craston, and the French translation thinks of him as Raffe. Even Benvenutus comes in for its share of variety, ranging from Benvengut in Provençal...

  6. THE WONDERFUL ART OF THE EYE
    (pp. 49-92)

    [p. 1] A grete phylosopher and a profunde phycycyane clepid Benuonucius Grapheus, after the sentence of þe [of] olde auctors of phelozophie and of phisyk whiche he had radde, and after hys propre experyence the wych he had by long contynuance of his owne practik yn dyuerse parties of the world, boyth yn hote regyons and colde, by influence and help of goddys grace, compilyd and made a boke of the sekenes of eyon and of her curys: and entitled thys hoke and clepid it Deus oculorum.

    Of the which boke yn the fyrst chapitre he declarith what an eye...

  7. EXPLANATORY NOTES
    (pp. 93-102)
  8. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 103-120)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 121-121)