The medical school at ravenna

Sergio Musitelli, Paolo Marandola, Hussein Jallous, Alberto Speroni, Tomaso de Bastioni

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The existence of the Ravenna School of Medicine can be deduced from a codex in the Ambrosian Library of Milan, which contains Latin translations of 3 Hippocratic works and commentaries on 4 works by Galen. Although it was written in the 9th century, the codex appears to be a copy of an earlier work, probably 7th century. The Ambrosian commentaries follow other commentators on Aristotle, rather than the original Aristotelian works, and contain a number of misinterpretations. Nevertheless, the commentaries make it clear that the earliest literature in Salerno had its roots in the studies of classical medicine at the Ravenna School of Medicine, where the teaching was essentially Galenic in structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Ambrosian codex
  • Early medieval medicine
  • Galenic medicine
  • Ravenna School of Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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