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By Helen Dingwall

ISBN-10: 0748608656

ISBN-13: 9780748608652

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12 In later periods there would be concerted political campaigns against witchcraft, but there is good evidence to confirm that belief in, and treatment in terms of, the supernatural, were widespread and would continue to be so long after the end of the medieval period. MEDICINE IN MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND 43 SECULARISATION – NEW SPHERES? One of the major, long-term factors in the emergence of orthodox Scottish medicine as a separate sphere of predominantly professional practice and influence was the separation of the learning and practice of medicine from a number of spheres to which they had been linked intimately for many centuries.

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. 38 A HISTORY OF SCOTTISH MEDICINE CHAPTER 3 MEDICINE IN MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND INTRODUCTION In terms of the evolution of medicine in Scotland, the medieval period would, increasingly, prove to be one of stagnation, as the Roman Catholic church gradually and efficiently exercised close control over all aspects of religious and secular life.

28 A HISTORY OF SCOTTISH MEDICINE THE DARK AGES Dark Age Scotland was a curious mixture of the descendants of Pict, Scot, Roman, Celt and others. There was as yet no real concept of nationality, rather one of loyalty to locality and territorial chieftain and resistance to invasion, in this period principally from the Vikings. There could not, therefore, be a specifically national identity to medicine or medical practice, unless the very amalgam of origins is taken as a token of an identity. In terms of belief, though, the gradual and pervasive Chrstianising process in the footsteps of Columba and other early Christian evangelists meant that there was an increasing homogeneity of core belief, at least in the more easily accessible, lowland areas of the country.

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