Dante Alighieri's Mentions of the Skin: Assessing the Great Poet's Dermatological Knowledge
Keywords:Dante Alighieri, Dermatology, History of Medicine, Pathology, Skin
AbstractThis article examines the nature of the dermatological references occurring in Dante's Divine Comedy, in their pathological and symbolic meanings, contextualing them in the theoretical framework of the Middle Ages, biblical use of the terms, and previous Classical knowledge. The focus is particularly laid on descriptions of leprosy and scabies.
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