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Ancient medicine /
Vivian Nutton.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
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xiv, 486 p. : ill.
ISBN
0415086116 (Hardback : alk. paper)
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
isbn
0415086116 (Hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
Sources and Scope -- Patterns of disease -- Before Hippocrates -- Hippocrates, the Hippocratic Corpus, and the defining of medicine -- Hippocratic theories -- Hippocratic practices -- Religion and medicine in fifth- and fourth-century Greece -- From Plato to Praxagoras -- Alexandria, anatomy, and experimentation -- Hellenistic medicine -- Rome and the transplantation of Greek medicine -- The Consequences of Empire: pharmacology, surgery and the Roman Army -- The rise of Methodism -- Humoral alternatives -- The life and career of Galen -- Galenic medicine -- All sorts and conditions of (mainly) men -- Medicine and the Religions of the Roman Empire -- Medicine in the later Roman Empire.
catalogue key
5132958
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Nutton provides a good template for a companion volume covering ancient medicine in other parts of the world." Diverse Roots Even Only in the West -Geoffrey Lloyd, "Books History of Medicine, 06/2005 "A masterful evaluation of health and disease within the long millenium from Homer to Oribasius." -"The Times Higher Education Supplement
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Combining archaeological evidence with the witness of written texts, Vivian Nutton offers a detailed history of medicine & medical knowledge in the ancient world.
Main Description
Available for the first time in paperback, this first large-scale, sole-authored history of ancient medicine for almost 100 years uses both archaeological and written evidence to survey the development of medical ideas from early Greece to late Antiquity. Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in the communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world. With many texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges usual perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine.
Main Description
This is the first large-scale history of medicine in Antiquity to appear in a single volume for almost one hundred years. It combines archaeological evidence with written texts, and introduces many new medical texts that have survived only in medieval translations into Arabic. As well as telling the story of the development of medical ideas, from the early Greeks to the massive handbooks of Late Antiquity, it looks at the place of medicine in ancient society. Vivian Nutton explores the life and work of doctors, looking at the diseases they faced, the ways in which they obtained their knowledge, and whether they were respected by the community. He also investigates the relationship between medicine and the various religious beliefs of antiquity, asking if there were fixed boundaries between medicine and magic; finally he examines the differences in approaches to medicine between a great city such as Rome to territories such as Egypt or Roman Britain. By refusing to take Hippocratic medicine as theuniversal standard of ancient medical practice, the book allows a greater space to the alternatives, and sets Galen of Pergamum, the great Hippocratic physician, in a new historical context.
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Available for the first time in paperback, this first large-scale, sole-authored history of ancient medicine for almost 100 years uses both archaeological and written evidence to survey the development of medical ideas from early Greece to late Antiquity.Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in the communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world.With many texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges usual perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine.
Table of Contents
Sources and Scope
Patterns of Disease
Before Hippocrates
Hippocrates, the Hippocratic Corpus and the Defining of Medicine
Hippocratic Theories
Hippocratic Practices
Religion and Medicine in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece
From Plato to Praxagoras
Alexandria, Anatomy and Experimentation
Hellenistic Medicine
Rome and the Transplantation of Greek Medicine
The Consequences of Empire: Pharmacology, Surgery and the Roman Army
The Rise of Methodism
Humoral Alternatives
The Life and Career of Galen
Galenic Medicine
All Sorts and Conditions of (Mainly) Men
Medicine and the Religions of the Later Roman Empire
Medicine in the Later Roman Empire
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