Middle English Medical Texts
Middle English Medical Texts (MEMT) is an electronic corpus including 86 texts and 495,322 words from three traditions of medical writing (surgical treatises, specialized texts, and remedy books) from 1375 to 1500, and an appendix of recipes from c. 1330. MEMT provides a new research resource for several kinds of study. Medical writing shows a great deal of variation even at this early phase, and it is possible to trace linguistic and conceptual developments. MEMT is intended for historical linguists, philologists, and historians of medicine. Most text samples come from edited treatises, but new material (unpublished theses, new transcripts) is also offered. The text samples of the corpus cover 79 codices/manuscripts.
The compilers of MEMT are all researchers at the Research Unit for Variation and Change in English, University of Helsinki. Irma Taavitsainen is Professor of English Philology and Head of the English Department at the University of Helsinki. Päivi Pahta is Fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Martti Mäkinen is preparing his doctorate on Middle English herbals. Their collaborator, Raymond Hickey, is Professor of English Language at Essen University.