Oliva Sabuco de Nantes Barrera: True Medicine

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 4

Oliva Sabuco de Nantes Barrera: True Medicine

Edited by Gianna Pomata
2010 | 267 pp. | 978-0-7727-2067-2 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$31.95 |

OVEME v4
Edited and translated by Gianna Pomata

With unprecedented clarity and care, Gianna Pomata brings an important text in the history of scientific authorship to the attention of modern-day readers. Published in Spain in 1587 under the name of Oliva Sabuco, True Philosophy of Human Nature, of which The True Medicine is part, was soon thereafter claimed to be the work of her father’s pen. Since the beginning of the 20th century approaches to the text have often focused uncritically on the authorial controversy, providing polarized irreconcilable interpretations. Pomata, however, explores the wider context of production and reception of True Philosophy with analytical sophistication, making it inseparable from the authorial question and tracing the most reliable historical understanding to date of this influential text. Her English translation flows accurately while avoiding anachronism and will surely become standard reference for anyone interested in the cultural history of female authorship or early modern medicine and science.
—Montserrat Cabré
Associate Professor of the History of Science and Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain