"This extraordinary book will remind readers of the importance of knowledge gained many centuries ago. . . . This exhaustively researched book, written in elegant prose and express vocabulary, will capture and then hold one's attention. Valuable to historians, biologists, physicians, and historically oriented scientists. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
"Medieval Medicine is essential reading for anyone looking for a synthetic overview of academic medicine in the later medieval period. . . . Anyone wishing to understand later medieval medicine simply must consult Demaitre’s indispensable overview."
"A wonderful and totally original exploration of the entire world of medieval diseases, organized through the medieval physician’s own eyes and often expressed in his own words: the symptoms he observed in his patients, the underlying causes he recognized, and the treatments he offered for each one, all set out by Demaitre with intelligence, clarity, humor, historical sensitivity, and no condescension towards the past whatsoever. There has never been a book like it before."
"No source brings us closer to what the medieval physician needed to know than the manuals known as Practica. They bridge the gap between the classroom and the bedside, but never before have they been compared and collated in the way this book does. That alone would be cause for celebration; that the collation is in the hands of Luke Demaitre means that we are treated to a masterly survey going from fevers, pestilence and poison to the diseases affecting different parts of the body from head to heel. Demaitre brilliantly shows how much we can learn from teasing out what exactly the physician was looking for when he encountered the patient, how he foresaw the development of an illness over time, and the extraordinary variety of means he employed to treat it."
"This book will be of great value to anyone seeking to understand academic medicine of the high and late Middle Ages."
“Luke Demaitre is a ‘maitre’ of the field. Gracefully written, insightfully synthesized, and provocatively imagined, this volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of medicine, whether modern or medieval. As both a practicing physician and a teaching historian, I will turn to Medieval Medicine as a source of inspiration, caution and authoritative information on a regular basis. You should too.”