Using the evidence not just from Greek medical theory and practice, but also from epic, lyric, tragedy, historiography, philosophy and religion, In the Grip of Disease offers for the first time an overview of the influence of Greek thought about disease on the Greek imagination. Particular attention is paid to accounts of real and imaginary plagues (the Iliad, Oedipus Tyrannus, Hippocratic writers, Thucydides, Lucretius), to the concurrent development of Hippocratic and temple medicine (cults of Asclepius and others), to the diagnosis of madness (Herodotus, the Bacchae), and to the rhetoric of the disease of the body politic and how it should be treated. The final chapter explores similarities and contrasts between Greek thought and modern views on such topics as madness, criminality and creativity.
`Review from previous edition an ideal text for students. Readers unfamiliar with this historical period are also made welcome; Lloyd assumes no knowledge of the classical world, and his argument develops very clearly.' Social History of Medicine `Those already familiar with Lloyd's discussions of ancient science, philosophy and medicine will be interested to read through his eyes Greek epic poetry, tragedy, and history.' Social History of Medicine
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35