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Les régimes de santé de l'Antiquité à la Renaissance


International study day organised on May 26th 2011 in Bordeaux (MSHA) as part of the four-year interacademic research programme (2011-2014) « Formes du savoir - 1450-1750 », directed by V. Giacomotto-Charra and P. Duris. The study day is organised by Violaine Giacomotto-Charra (Bordeaux III, MSHA) and Jacqueline Vons (Tours, CESR)

Since Antiquity, the medical treaties differentiate regimes aiming at restoring a state of health affected by illness or traumatism of «health regimes», intended to support good health of the body and mind. However, as underlines it Marylin Nicoud, dietetic was often considered as one except field of scientific knowledge, and «these lacunas not only touched dietetics as intellectual discipline and branch of medical knowledge, but also its practical extensions, which are embodied in a specific literary production that they developed habit, since medieval times, to indicate under the name of «health regimes». And if type is far from being dried up when they arrive at the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, he remains still very widely uncharted. The objective of this first day of study is to surround better this form of knowledge and to show in what it is shared between the inheritance of past and the question settings which cross Renaissance. A particular attention in the medical material of regime, in modes of writing but also in professional, social and political stakes of such treaties will be turned.
The abundance of general or category-specific treaties (for the women, the old men, the princes and the kings, but also for the "melancholics" and the scholars, according to seasons and places, etc.) provoke several questions which were not solved yet: in what measure are these regimes written by doctors - or not a place favoured for the development of a new form of practical medicine, possibly different from the knowledge taught the university, which follows the change in attitudes, customs of different geographical or social circles in which they register? The diversity of forms (usage of vernacular and of Latin, place of anecdotes and of story of experience, etc.) does she allow to define a writing of health regimes, characteristics of a type intended to entice the readership and the public as much as to teach him?

Eventually will ask the question of the readership and of the public for which these treaties are intended (official and semiofficial addressees), and of the position of the doctor (adviser or prescriber). Can the regime recommended to a particular individual participate of the birth of a public health policy?


Programme :

- GOUREVITCH Danielle (EPHE, Président d’honneur de la SFHM), « Le régime de la nourrice dans la médecine romaine ».

- DEBBABI-MESSAOUI Sihem (Tunis, Tunisie), « Le régime de santé dans la médecine arabe ».

- PITTION Jean-Paul (Tours CESR), « Régime de santé et vie sexuelle à la Renaissance ».

- VONS Jacqueline (Tours, CESR), « J. Le Paulmier et les vertus du cidre dans les régimes de santé à la fin du XVIe siècle».

- XHAYET Geneviève (Liège, CHST, Belgique), « La cure thermale à Spa au XVIesiècle et au début du XVIIe siècle ».

- KOZLUK Magdalena (Lödz, Pologne), « Vrays courriers et messagers de l’âme » – L’alchimie des cinq sens dans les régimes de santé du XVIe et XVIIe siècles ».

- BAUDRY Hervé (Centro de História da Cultura Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), « L. Lessius, Vray regime de vivre (dans la traduction de S. Hardy, éd. 1624) ».

- GIACOMOTTO-CHARRA Violaine (Bordeaux 3 - MSHA), « Le Régime de santé, lieu de constitution des savoirs nouveaux : l’exemple du Pourtraict de la santé de Joseph Duchesne ».

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