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Galen and the rhetoric of healing

Author: Susan P Mattern
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The most important physician of the Roman imperial era, Galen introduced theories and practices that remained the basis for medical knowledge for centuries after his death. Some - such as the method of checking a patient's pulse - are still used today. He also left a vast corpus of writings, which makes up a full one-eighth of all surviving ancient Greek literature. Through her readings of hundreds of Galen's case  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Biographie
Named Person: Galen.; Galen.; Galen.; Galenus; Galenus; Claudius Galenus; Galenus.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan P Mattern
ISBN: 9780801888359 0801888352
OCLC Number: 180080697
Description: x, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The stories in context --
Society and culture. Galen's life ; Diseases and death in Rome ; Galen and Greek culture ; Galen's corpus ; Galen's audience : "friends and companions" ; Professionalism and social status --
Narrative and medicine. Hippocratic case histories ; Case histories after the Hippocratic corpus ; Inscriptions and the Cult of Asclepius ; Written tradition and clinical experience ; Case histories in Galen's work ; Memory and autobiography --
Place and time --
Context and authenticity --
Place. City ; Country ; Houses --
Time. Chronology ; Medical time ; Time and narrative structure --
The contest : rivals, specators, and judges --
Agon --
Rivals. Other physicians ; Confrontation ; Demonstrating superiority --
Audience. Witness and judge ; The addressee ; Friends ; Rivals and patients ; Family and household ; Husbands, fathers, and masters --
Failure --
Case history and healing narrative --
The patient --
Presenting the patient. Names and terms ; Temperament and constitution ; Age ; Sex : female patients ; Social information ; Conclusion --
The patient as character. The patient's perspective ; The patient's lifestyle ; Character and emotion ; Conclusion --
Physician and patient --
The physician's perspective : "I" and "we" --
Physician and patient. Intimacy ; Obedience ; Perceiving the patient --
Fever --
Conclusion --
Appendix A. Works cited from Galen's corpus --
Appendix B. Table of cases.
Responsibility: Susan P. Mattern.
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Examining his professional interactions in the context of the world in which he lived and practiced, Galen and the Rhetoric of Healing provides a fresh perspective on a foundational figure in  Read more...

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