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Author Lane Fox, Robin, 1946- author.

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

Edition First US Edition.
Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2020.
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction-NEW  610.938 LAN    AVAILABLE
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Description xxvi, 404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-397) and index.
Contents Part one, Heroes to Hippocrates: Homeric healing -- Poetic sickness -- Traveling to 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 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.
ISBN 9780465093441 (hardcover)
0465093442 (hardcover)
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