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dear julie
as John Hine Mundy reminded me (off list I think),  there aren't actually
*that* many Cathar or Waldensian doctors (though I would argue that there
were perhaps enough for this to have been one factor in the Lat IV
decree). There is an article by Walter Wakefield on Cathar doctors, and
one by Peter Biller on Waldensian doctors - unfortunately i don't have the
references to hand, but will supply them a.s.a.p., unless someone else
on-list can fill in the blanks ...
cheers
john

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Julie Hotchin wrote:

> I'd like to ask for some assistance from John Arnold, but welcome any ideas
> others may have:
> 
> Some time back there was a discussion about "heroic asceticism" and John
> refered to a canon about how people who were ill should first go to a priest
> before they went to a doctor, as illness could be caused by sin. Your
> context was the prevalence of cathar & waldensian doctors, who obviously
> were considered a threat to people's spiritual welfare.
> 
> I am interested in the different perceptions of legitimate and/or illegimate
> medical/healing practitioners, and how they were defined.  I would like to
> know of any further reading/references to "medical doctors" amongst these
> groups, and how they were perceived.
> 
> Thanking you in advance for your help,
> 
> Julie Hotchin
> Monash Uni
> Australia
> 
> 



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