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Greek Rational Medicine : Philosophy and Medicine from Alcmaeon to the Alexandrians - James Longrigg

Greek Rational Medicine

Philosophy and Medicine from Alcmaeon to the Alexandrians

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1993
ISBN: 9780415025942
Number Of Pages: 308

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The Greeks were the first to develop rational systems of medicine almost entirely free of magical and religious elements and based upon natural causes. The importance of this revolutionary innovation for the subsequent history of medicine cannot be stressed enough. Drawing upon the latest material discoveries and scholarship, James Longrigg describes the origin and development of rational medicine in ancient Greece and examines its complex relationship with philosophy down to the third century BC.
The emancipation of medicine from superstition was the outcome of the same attitude of mind which inspired the Ionian Natural Philosophers. Just as these philosophers sought to explain in purely natural terms phenomena such as earthquakes, thunder and lightning, which had previously been regarded as manifestations of supernatural powers, so too did the medical authors of Hippocratic treatises examine in natural terms the problems of epilepsy, apoplexy, delusions and madness. Focusing on rational attitudes, procedures and modes of explanation, this new doctrine of medicine eschewed theories of arbitrary, supernatural interference. Greek rational medicine reached its climax in third century Alexandria, where medical researchers achieved levels of accuracy and sophistication in anatomy which, until the sixteenth century, remained unsurpassed within Western culture.
"Greek Rational Medicine" examines the important relationship between philosophy and medicine in ancient Greece and beyond, revealing its significance for contemporary Western practice and theory.

Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
Pre-Rational and Irrational Medicine in Greece and Neighbouring Culturesp. 6
Ionian Natural Philosophy and the Origins of Rational Medicinep. 26
Philosophy and Medicine in the Fifth Century Ip. 47
Philosophy and Medicine in the Fifth Century IIp. 82
Post-Hippocratic Medicine Ip. 104
Post-Hippocratic Medicine IIp. 149
Early Alexandrian Medical Sciencep. 177
Appendixp. 220
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 260
Index Locorump. 278
General Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780415025942
ISBN-10: 041502594X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st July 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1