Tacuinum Sanitatis: A Way of Life
By Alain Touwaide
Princes and powerful figures learned the rules of hygiene of the rational medicine of the late Middle Ages on the Tacuinum Sanitatis (BnF Ms. Lat 9333). This manuscript concerns the six elements necessary for maintaining one’s daily health: food and drink, air, movement and rest, sleep and wakefulness, secretions and excretions, changes and states of mind.
Each page features a miniature and a legend stating its nature, characteristics of what is deemed to be better or preferable for human health, the benefit it offers, any adverse effects it may have and the remedy for such adverse effects. The following article “A way of life” by Alain Touwaide (Research Associate in Smithsonian Institution) is an excerpt from the commentary volume of the Tacuinum Sanitatis published by M. Moleiro.