Greek Rational Medicine: Philosophy and Medicine from Alcmaeon to the Alexandrians

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 1, 2002 - History - 308 pages
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The ancient Greek medical thinkers were profoundly influenced by Ionian natural philosophy. This philosophy caused them to adopt a radically new attitude towards disease and healing. James Longrigg shows how their rational attitudes ultimately resulted in levels of sophistication largely unsurpassed until the Renaissance. He examines the important relationship between philosophy and medicine in ancient Greece and beyond, and reveals its significance for contemporary western practice and theory.

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Longrigg is Reader in Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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