The Medieval Health Handbook -- Tacuinum Sanitatis
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The advice offered by the lively images from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries featured here is sometimes comically anachronistic, but is often evidence of a remarkably modern sophistication concerning balanced eating, sleeping, and exercising."
and the folio used to illustrate wheat in the same manuscript. Folio L X X X I I , savich or barley soup, is to be linked to the Vienna folio for the same element, although the composition is reversed here. It is still a typical representation of an indoor scene of noteworthy efficacy. Clearly, however, the exquisite grace of the Liege drawing (f. 34, with the girl bending over the hearthstone, intent upon the preparation of the barley meal) does not appear here. Folio L X V I I I , sage, differs
h i t e k i n d , large a n d fresh. Usefulness: I m p r o v e s the facu l t y of e x p u l s i o n a n d is easily digested. Dangers: I t causes s l i g h t p a i n . Neutralization of the Dangers: W e l l toasted. Effects: I t generates g o o d h u m o r s a n d is suitable f o r w a r m temperaments, for y o u n g people, i n S u m m e r , a n d i n w a r m regions. (Vienna, f. 44) 206. GOOSE EGGS ANSERUM) (OUA Nature: O f moderate w a r m t h and large. Optimum: Those t h a t are h a l
d a n d is m o r e suitable to w a r m a n d vigorous temperaments, t o y o u n g people, at the b e g i n n i n g of S u m m e r , a n d i n m o u n t a i n ous regions. (Vienna, f . 62) 225. SAGE (SALVIA) Nature: W a r m i n the first degree, d r y i n the second. Optimum: T h e domestic v a riety f r o m the g a r d e n ; h o w e v e r , the w i l d variety is stronger w h e n heated. Usefulness: I t is g o o d f o r the stomach and f o r cold illnesses of the nerves. Dangers: I t is
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once owned by the Landau-Finaly family, which was presented to the National Library in Florence in 1949 in accordance with the wishes of its last owner, Horace Finaly. We might add that soon after, in 1951, Toesca offered the entire reproduction of this section with an illuminating commentary. It does not appear to me that the BancoRari portion of the manuscript, formerly belonging to the Visconti family, was ever photographed in its entirety until very recently. After Toesca, it was not until