Talk:Hildegardian medicine

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Does this have an official name? Maybe the adjectival form of Hildegard would be better. (Hildegardian, Hildegardic...?)--Krejtalk 01:10, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Immune system[edit]

According to this site: "Selon sainte Hildegarde, la luxure et les péchés sexuels génèrent des maladies du colon, des organes génitaux, et des sciatiques. L'homosexualité détruit l'immunité." Does "immunité" here refer to the immune system? I don't think Hildegard was aware it existed.--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 01:59, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

I think they mean a general immunity, and not the actual immune system. Also, the quotes they cite don't mention either disease or homosexuality. You could try looking at the source, but the only one I found online is written in blackletter, is in latin, and is a series of photographs of a manuscript [1]--"Shut up, Brx." 02:19, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
If only I could read Latin. >_<--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 16:59, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Expansion?[edit]

Could this page be expanded into a broader examination of Hildegard Von Bingen? She seems relevant to RW's mission/interests beyond her contributions to alternative medicine. She had "visions" which writers seem to take seriously even though they strongly resemble "religious experiences" associated with multiple mental illnesses; she's also sometimes held up as a feminist figure - which is sort of viable, as she possessed and exerted rather a lot of power and influence for a woman in twelfth-century Europe, as well as kept correspondence with some of the region's most powerful rulers - but it gets problematic when you look at her writings, which can be pretty damning of women in general, hold "sexual purity" in high regard, and exhibit aggressive reverence for the Virgin Mary, the ideal woman as defined by the Medieval European male gaze. Elah (talk) 16:21, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

If you have sources and know the area, go for it! - David Gerard (talk) 17:18, 16 December 2015 (UTC)