Ancient Medicine

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Routledge, 2013 - History - 488 pages
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The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available.

Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world. The new edition includes more on Rufus and Galen as well as augmented information on Babylonia, Hellenistic medicine and Late Antiquity.

With recently discovered texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges currently held perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine.

  

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Contents

1 SOURCES AND SCOPE
1
2 PATTERNS OF DISEASE
19
3 BEFORE HIPPOCRATES
37
4 HIPPOCRATES THE HIPPOCRATIC CORPUS AND THE DEFINING OF MEDICINE
53
5 HIPPOCRATIC THEORIES
72
6 HIPPOCRATIC PRACTICES
87
7 RELIGION AND MEDICINE IN FIFTHAND FOURTHCENTURY GREECE
104
8 FROM PLATO TO PRAXAGORAS
116
14 HUMORAL ALTERNATIVES
207
15 THE LIFE AND CAREER OF GALEN
222
16 GALENIC MEDICINE
236
17 ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MAINLY MEN
254
18 MEDICINE AND THE RELIGIONS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
280
19 MEDICINE IN THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE
299
20 CONCLUSION
318
NOTES
325

9 ALEXANDRIA ANATOMY AND EXPERIMENTATION
130
10 HELLENISTIC MEDICINE
142
11 ROME AND THE TRANSPLANTATION OF GREEK MEDICINE
160
Pharmacology surgery and the Roman army
174
13 THE RISE OF METHODISM
191

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About the author (2013)

Vivian Nutton, FBA, is Professor emeritus of the History of Medicine at University College London, and an honorary Professor in both Classics and History at the university of Warwick. He has published extensively on all aspects on medicine before the seventeenth century, and in particular on Galen and the Renaissance.

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