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Hippocrates : Medicine and Culture - Jacques Jouanna


Medicine and Culture

Paperback Published: 15th May 2001
ISBN: 9780801868184
Number Of Pages: 536
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Hippocrates, considered for more than two thousand years the father of medicine, came over time to be credited with a life of mythic proportions and an enormous body of work. Hippocrates' pronouncements on health, disease, and prognosis went unchallenged in the Western world until scientific advances in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made many of his ideas obsolete. And yet medical students in the United States and Europe still recite the Hippocratic oath upon completion of their studies. In view of Hippocrates' exceptional importance in the history of medicine, it may seem surprising that our knowledge of this fifth century b.c. Greek physician should be so incomplete.

Nonetheless, Jacques Jouanna contends that a great deal can be concluded about the life and works of Hippocrates. Published to both critical and popular acclaim in France, Hippocrates reveals a man who was not only the greatest of the ancient physicians but also a philosopher of unrecognized ability and consequence who influenced both Plato and Aristotle; a historian who was the equal of Herodotus and Thucydides as a writer and superior to them in his powers of observation and analysis; and a master of tragical narrative who bears comparison with Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Now that Hippocrates has at last emerged from the hagiographic mists of Byzantium and medieval Europe, the justice of his reputation as one of the greatest figures of antiquity can be more fully appreciated.

Industry Reviews

Jouanna boldly cuts through controversy to present a lucid and highly readable narrative. -- E. M. Craik Social History of Medicine Jouanna's acquaintance with the text is probably unsurpassed. -- Anthony Preus Religious Studies Review The book is refreshing in that Jouanna seems to feel almost on personal terms with Hippocrates, and it is a good introduction to the subject in terms of the number of issues he addresses and the breadth of citation from the primary sources. -- Lesley Dean-Jones Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences A beautiful and rich study. Le Monde If one is searching for a beginning book on Hippocrates and Greek medicine as a whole, Jacques Jouanna's work is a splendid introduction. International Journal of the Classical Tradition

Translator's Note
Hippocrates the Asclepiad
Hippocrates of Cosp. 3
Hippocrates the Thessalianp. 25
Hippocrates and the School of Cosp. 42
Writings in Search of an Authorp. 56
The Physician in the Practice of His Art
The Physician and the Publicp. 75
The Physician and the Patientp. 112
The Physician and the Diseasep. 141
Hippocrates and the Thought of His Time
Hippocratic Rationalism and the Divinep. 181
Hippocrates and the Birth of the Human Sciencesp. 210
Challenges to Medicine and the Birth of Epistemologyp. 243
Medicine in Crisis and the Reaction against Philosophyp. 259
The Grandeur and Limits of Hippocratism
From Observation of the Visible to Reconstruction of the Invisiblep. 291
Health, Sickness, and Naturep. 323
The Legacy of Hippocratism in Antiquityp. 348
List of Abbreviationsp. 367
The Oathp. 369
An Honorary Decree in Praise of a Physician of Cosp. 370
The Treatises of the Hippocratic Collectionp. 373
Notesp. 417
Bibliographyp. 481
Index of Passages Citedp. 495
General Indexp. 506
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ISBN: 9780801868184
ISBN-10: 0801868181
Series: Medicine and Culture
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 15th May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.34  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.87