Byzantine Physician John Aktouarios w. Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

John Zacharias Aktouarios was a physician who lived in the 13th & 14th centuries in Constantinople. Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Wellcome Lecturer in History of Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, joins the show to discuss John’s life, medical practices, and contributions to the field of medicine.

Some topics explored

  • What Byzantine medicine and health care was like leading up to John’s life including the role religion, astrology, and the practice of magic played in medicine
  • What’s known about his family life
  • To what degree John practiced from a clinic, a hospital, and conducted health calls
  • How John was trained
  • Who some of his friends were
  • John’s practices of medicine
  • His writings
  • His major contributions to the field of medicine
  • How John Zacharius Aktouarios should be best remembered

Listen to the episode

The episode can be streamed below and is available on major podcast apps: Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Amazon Music.

Show Notes

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