The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Medical - 571 pages
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This journey to the beginnings of the physician's art brings to life the civilizations of the ancient world--Egypt of the Pharaohs, Greece at the time of Hippocrates, Rome under the Caesars, the India of Ashoka, and China as Mencius knew it. Probing the documents and artifacts of the ancient world with a scientist's mind and a detective's eye, Guido Majno pieces together the difficulties people faced in the effort to survive their injuries, as well as the odd, chilling, or inspiring ways in which they rose to the challenge. In asking whether the early healers might have benefited their patients, or only hastened their trip to the grave, Dr. Majno uncovered surprising answers by testing ancient prescriptions in a modern laboratory.

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, many in full color, and climaxing ten years of work, The Healing Hand is a spectacular recreation of man's attempts to conquer pain and disease.

  

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This is a unique work, vast in breadth by a non-specialist who artfully synthesizes diverse fields such as ancient medicine with clinical practitioners. Read full review

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Great look at medical treatments of wounds in the Ancient World, along with a discussion of sources, vocabulary, and what actually might have worked. Read full review

Contents

Prelude
1
The Asu Mesopotamia
29
The Swnw Egypt
69
The Iatros Greece
141
The Perfumes of Arabia
207
The Yang I China
229
The Vaidya India
261
Alexandria the Great
313
The Medicus Rome
339
Galenand into the Night
395
Bibliography
425
Abbreviations and Phonetic Notations
470
Notes to the Text
471
Notes to the Illustrations
538
Index
553
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About the author (1991)

Guido Majno was Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

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