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By Helen Dingwall

ISBN-10: 0748608656

ISBN-13: 9780748608652

Together with advancements in drugs, surgical procedure, and replacement medication relating to the altering fiscal and social history, the writer deals a brand new synthesis of drugs and society in Scotland.

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15. , 43. , The Saints of Scotland: Essays in Scottish Church History (Edinburgh, 1997). 16. , Scotland in Early Christian Times (Edinburgh, 1881), 193. , Scottish Healing Wells: Healing, Holy, Wishing and Fairy Wells of the Mainland of Scotland (Sandy, 1982). 17. Lynch, Scotland, 36–7. 18. Darwin, Scots Herbal, 11. 19. Dickson, C. , Plants and People in Ancient Scotland (Stroud, 2000). This book is a very rich and rewarding source of detail and information about many medicinal and other plants in all areas of Scotland.

Much useful information on medical practice has been gleaned, which cannot be obtained from other sources. This was a monastic foundation, which had books, but the books have not survived. What have survived, though, are the bones of infants or fetuses, grains of grain, utensils and other debris and detritus. What this evidence provides is an insight – limited but none the less useful – into the experiences of the sick and the traveller; the common diseases, the herbal remedies, and the sheer variety of the latter.

One of the main facets of medical treatment for much of the early period, and indeed for the next two millennia, was the treatment of wounds of all sorts sustained in conflicts of all sorts. The Scottish nation would be forged by the sword as well as by the feudal system, and early medical practitioners were required to try – often in vain – to save the lives of those wounded in battle or bloodfeud. Before the days of litigation, many disputes were settled by bloodfeud or mortal combat. This chapter will attempt to assess the fragmentary surviving evidence about medicine and medical treatment in this period, before Scots were Scots, and before Scotland was Scotland.

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