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Regimen Sanitatis

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H. Cameron Gillies

Translated from Latin by Cormac Mac Duinnshléibhe

Translated from Irish by H. Cameron Gillies

Electronic edition compiled by Ruth Murphy, Beatrix Färber

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project, formerly CURIA

2. Second draft.

Extent of text: 37400 words


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    Manuscript sources for Irish text
  1. London, British Library, MS Add. 15582 , vellum, 62 folios; the text is on ff. 8ra1–14 va10. For a MS description see the online British Library Catalogue (; and Standish Hayes O'Grady, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the British Museum, Vol. 1, London 1926, repr. 1992, 262–280.
  2. Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 12, vellum, 86 pages; the text is on pp. 14–22. The MS was discovered after publication of Gillies' edition and is available digitally on the ISOS Project website (; along with the description taken from Nessa Ní Sheaghdha's Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Library of Ireland, Fasc. 1, Dublin 1967, 93–100.
    Printed sources for Latin text
  1. John of Gaddesden (1280?–1361) Rosa anglica practica medicinae. Pavia: Franciscus Girardengus and Joannes Antonius Birreta, 1492.
    Selected secondary literature
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  4. Henry Patrick Cholmeley, John of Gaddesden and the Rosa Medicinae. Oxford 1912.
  5. Karl Sudhoff, 'Die pseudohippokratische Krankheitsprognostik nach dem Auftreten von Hautassschlägen, 'Secreta Hippocratis' oder 'Capsula Eburnea' genannt, Sudhoffs Archiv 9 (1915–16) 79–116.
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  28. Sheila Campbell, Bert Hall, David Klausner (eds.), Health, disease and healing in medieval culture. (London: Macmillan 1992).
  29. M. L. Cameron, Anglo-Saxon Medicine. Cambridge 1993.
  30. Margaret R. Schleissner (ed.), Manuscript sources of medieval medicine: a book of essays. New York: Garland 1995.
  31. Carol Rawcliffe, Medicine & society in later medieval England. [1066–1485] (Stroud: Alan Sutton Publications 1995).
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  34. John Bannerman, The Beatons. A medical Kindred in the Classical Gaelic Tradition. [Paperback] (Edinburgh 1998).
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  37. Jerry Stannard, Pristina medicamenta: ancient and medieval botany; edited by Katherine E. Stannard and Richard Kay. (Aldershot 1999).
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    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Regimen Sanitatis: The Rule of Health, A Gaelic medical Manuscript of the early sixteenth Century or perhaps older from the Vade Mecum of the famous Macbeaths, physicians to the Lords of the Isles and the Kings of Scotland for several centuries. H. Cameron Gillies (ed), First edition [82 pp. + 15 photographic MS reproductions] Robert Maclehose & Co. Ltd.; University PressGlasgow (1911)


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The present text represents pages 1–82 of the volume: Introduction 1-16; Plates [unnumbered] and Transliterated Texts: Regimen Sanitatis, 17.1-30.7; on cupping, 30.8-23; dosage symbols, 30.24; Capsula Eburnea, 30.25-z (with text continuing at col. 29.1-2, printed below plate [f. 15r]); definition of strangury, col. 29.3-5 (printed below plate [f. 15r]); Translations: Regimen Sanitatis, [31]-53.27; on cupping, 53.28-54.16; dosage symbols, 54.17; Capsula Eburnea, 54.18-55.9; definition of strangury, 55.10-12; Miscellaneous notes: to passage on cupping, 55.13-17; to Capsula Eburnea, 55.18-57.31; regarding note at Introduction [pp. 3.28-4.2], 57.32-58.z; Main notes: to Regimen Sanitatis, 59-81.17; to passage on cupping, 81.18-21; to Capsula Eburnea, 81.22-82.3; Further notes 82.4–z. Notes are integrated into the electronic text as footnotes, including a reading by Standish Hayes O'Grady. The column numbering is taken from the printed edition.

As Professor Aoibheann Nic Dhonnchadh points out, 'Gillies mentions the first post-script and the second post-script, viz. the tract on cupping, and the Capsula Eburnea. He translates the line on dosage but says no more about it [...] His 'post-scripts' comprise four independent texts, viz. [a] an anonymous treatise on cupping, f. 14va11-b3; [b] three dosage symbols, f. 14vb4; [c] Capsula Eburnea (incomplete), f. 14vb5-15ra2; [d] a definition of strangury [from Bernard of Gordon, 'Lilium medicine', bk 6.14], f. 15ra3-6.'

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Created: This version was copied by Aodh Ó Cendamhain from earlier materials. (1563)

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Early Modern Irish.
Language: [EN] Foreword, introduction and footnotes are in English.
Language: [LA] Many words and phrases and excerpts from poetry in Latin.
Language: [GR] A few words in Greek.
Language: [FR] A few words in French.
Language: [BR] A few words in Breton.
Language: [CO] A few words in Cornish.
Language: [CY] A few words in Welsh.
Language: [UNCLEAR] Some words of unclear origin.

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