from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art or practice of healing or medicine.
- n. The skill or expertise of a physician, medical knowledge; medical attendance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of healing; skill of a physician.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of healing.
- n. Medical attendance.
Herbals are doubtless collected by many who are not possessed of medical knowledge, and a number of them treat more of simples and housewifery than leechcraft, which is probably one reason of their attraction for the non-medical collector.
When I first began studying Anglo-Saxon magic and medicine, I wondered why the big compendia like Bald's Leechbook and Leechbook III (both in MS Royal 12 D. xvii, for those who care about manuscript stuff) didn't have cures that involved the physicians applying blood-sucking leeches to the patients; it was only later that I realized that the use of the wormy leeches in "leechcraft" only came much later.
Douban readily undertook to obey the commands of the Emperor, and remained by the bed of the patient until the dawn of morning, ready to support nature as far as the skill of leechcraft admitted.
Is it possible to get a copy of your leechcraft article?
Roman, Arabian, and Syrian; and he was skilled in astronomy and in leechcraft, the theorick as well as the practick; he was experienced in all that healeth and that hurteth the body; conversant with the virtues of every plant, grass and herb, and their benefit and bane; and he understood philosophy and had compassed the whole range of medical science and other branches of the knowledge tree.
I slept, belike to gather simples, for she is wise in leechcraft, and is tending the sick man.
For though all lore was in these latter days fallen from its fullness of old, the leechcraft of Gondor was still wise, and skilled in the healing of wound and hurt, and all such sickness as east of the Sea mortal men were subject to.
Your leechcraft ere long would have had me walking on all fours like a beast.
"Bring hither those skilled in leechcraft and let them look to the wounds of the Lord Gerard that he may be comforted."
"As for that," retorted the man in a sing-song voice, "no one can tell whether a medicine be antidote or poison, unless as leechcraft and chirurgery point out --"