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Ancient medicine

Author: Vivian Nutton
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
Series: Sciences of antiquity.
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"The book takes a broad view, exploring the place of medicine in ancient society on many different levels. There is a particular focus on the life and work of doctors - the diseases they faced, how they obtained their knowledge, and their relationship with local communities. Vivian Nutton also investigates the connections between medicine and the religious beliefs of Antiquity, asking if there were fixed boundaries
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vivian Nutton
ISBN: 0415086116 9780415086110 9780203490914 0203490916
OCLC Number: 53038721
Description: xiv, 486 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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 Roman Empire --
Medicine in the later Roman Empire.
Series Title: Sciences of antiquity.
Responsibility: Vivian Nutton.
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Available for the first time in paperback, the first substantial, sole-authored history of ancient medicine for almost 100 years uses both archaeological and written evidence to survey the  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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