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Humanidades Médicas

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ANDRADE-ROSA, Cristina; LOPEZ-MUNOZ, Francisco  y  MOLINA, Juan D. The therapeutic subject in La Arcadia by Lope de Vega. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.1, pp.201-236. ISSN 1727-8120.

Nowadays, the true extent of the vast culture of Lope de Vega is still largely unknown. Although it is known that he was a great reader, who bequeathed more than 1500 books, his titles have been lost throughout history. However, a series of texts that contributed to his education become known in his works. In the present paper, La Arcadia (1598), considered the most erudite pastoral romance of Spanish Golden Age, is analyzed from the therapeutic perspective. Remedies of herbal origin (rosemary, helenium, verbena, lupine, narcissus, lily, hyacinth, lettuce or flax, among others), of mineral origin (ruby, diamond, emerald, porphyry and gold) and also of animal origin (substances obtained from donkeys, horses, rabbits, foxes, vipers or spiders, among other animals) are mentioned in this novel. The results achieved confirm that Lope de Vega was able to use a series of scientific texts in his quotations on the therapeutic subject. Among them, it is worth mentioning Andres Laguna (and his Dioscorides), and Pliny the Elder, whose Natural History could have been consulted as a primary source, through some commented translation, such as that of Geronimo de Huerta, or through some other work based on it, like Constantino Castriota's opuscule. In the latter case, there are very similar and, in some cases, almost literal paragraphs.

Palabras clave : Lope de Vega; Laguna; Pliny the Elder; Castriota; Drug therapy; History of Medicine; Spanish Golden Age.

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