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The invention of medicine : from Homer to Hippocrates / Robin Lane Fox.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780465093441
  • ISBN: 0465093442
  • Physical Description: xxvi, 404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First US Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, of Perseus Books, LLC, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in 2020 by Allen Lane, Penguin Random House UK"--Copyright page.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-397) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one, Heroes to Hippocrates: Homeric healing -- Poetic sickness -- Travelling doctors -- From Italy to Susa -- The Asclepiads -- Hippocrates, fact and fiction -- The Hippocratic Corpus -- The invention of medicine -- Part two, The doctor's island: The Epidemic books -- 'On Thasos, during autumn...' -- The Thasian context -- Building blocks of history -- Art, sport and office-holding -- Sex and street life -- Patients of quality -- Part three, The doctor's mind -- By the bedside -- Filtered reality -- Retrospective diagnosis -- Philosophers and dramatists -- Epidemics and history -- Hippocratic impact -- From Thasos to Tehran.
Summary, etc.:
Medical thinking and observation were radically changed by the ancient Greeks, one of their great legacies to the world. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor put forward his clinical observations of individual men, women, and children in a collection of case histories known as the Epidemics. Among his working principles was the famous maxim "Do no harm." In The Invention of Medicine, acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox puts these remarkable works in a wider context and upends our understanding of medical history by establishing that they were written much earlier than previously thought. Lane Fox endorses the ancient Greeks' view that their texts' author, not named, was none other than the father of medicine, the great Hippocrates himself. Lane Fox's argument changes our sense of the development of scientific and rational thinking in Western culture, and he explores the consequences for Greek artists, dramatists and the first writers of history. Hippocrates emerges as a key figure in the crucial change from an archaic to a classical world.
Subject: Medicine, Greek and Roman > History.
Medicine, Ancient.

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