Chauncers by John SaundersChauncers by John Saunders


byJohn Saunders

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1845 Excerpt: ... an ape for dissection," ran the directions to a student in those days, "if you have one; if not, take a bear; and if you have not a bear, take any animal you can get." Haly was a famous Arabian astronomer, and a commentator on Galen, in the eleventh century, which produced many eminent Arabic physicians; among the rest, John Serapion, and Avicen, the most eminent of the number. ThereVere, however, three Serapions: one of Alexandria, in the third century before Christ, who wrote vehemently against Hippocrates, and studied deeply the nature of all "Baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers;" another of Syria, about the tenth century, called Serapion Senior, who collected and abridged the opinions of the Greek and Arabian medical philosophers; and who, curiously enough, treats of diseases as curative solely by medicine and diet, omitting operative surgery, and what is termed hygiene; and thirdly, Serapion Junior (the John Serapion of Dr. Freind); an Arab, who has left us one of the most important, and, in his own time, one of the most useful of Arabic medical books: this was probably the Serapion of Chaucer. Some amusing examples might be culled from John Serapion's works, of the mixture of ignorance and credulity with much that was at once learned and excellent. "Amber," he says, " grows in the sea like mushrooms on land. In China there are some persons solely engaged in fishing for this substance. That which floats on the sea is swallowed by the whale, and quickly causes its death. When the animal's body is opened, the best amber is found near the vertebral column, and the worst in the stomach." We would not advise our Greenland fishermen to be too sure of finding it in either place, when they next catch a whale, and look for the precious commodity. Avicen, ...
Title:ChauncersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021734366X

ISBN - 13:9780217343664