Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Astrological Medicine

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1089-1


Astrology was considered to be an important tool for medical practices over the centuries. Since the twelfth century when European intellectuals got access to a great amount of previously unknown magical, astrological, and medical texts, the link between astrology and medicine had remained firm. Referring to the medieval tradition, Renaissance scholars at the same time enriched the astro-medical discourse with new interpretations and sources.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen, Bereich Gräzistik und LatinistikLeopold-Franzens-Universität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hiro Hirai
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud Universiteit NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands