Disease, Disability, Chronic Pain

Just back from the 10th Disease, Disability and Medicine conference in Swansea, where there was a distinct trend to challenge physical and mental impairments as the defining identifier of the individuals and communities discussed. Of particular interest to Effaced was the glimpse offered by Mark Humphries of the life and career of Zerkon the Moor, short-statured, hunch-backed and with a snub nose that displayed his nostrils, yet serving as a favourite of Bleda, brother of Attila the Hun. Written up much later as an amusement to his late fourth-century masters, Zerkon was nevertheless no ‘fool’.

The conference also included a CFP for another meeting in 2017, focusing on ‘Chronic Pain in the Middle Ages’ – find it here.

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