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By J.C. McKeown

There are few disciplines as intriguing and forward-looking as medication. regrettably, despite the fact that, many smooth practitioners have overlooked the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of historical scientific Curiosities aspires to healing this lapse through taking readers again to the early days of Western medication in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of historical authors, frequently from texts that have by no means ahead of been translated into English, J. C. McKeown deals a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, vitamin and meals, and plenty of different fields of drugs.

This ebook positive factors hundreds of thousands of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with light tips from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional clinical global, a global within which, for instance, a health care provider needed to be strong-minded sufficient to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched by way of the gods, drugs and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required sooner than atmosphere oneself up as a physician. nevertheless, McKeown finds that a few old clinical attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights historical perspectives on accepted issues, comparable to scientific ethics and the position of the health practitioner in society. a desirable exploration of the weird - and infrequently ugly - scientific ideals of the earlier, A cupboard of historic clinical Curiosities will satisfaction a person with an curiosity within the historical past of medication or the traditional world.

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1 Socrates, twinned on a double bust with Seneca (see p. 125). 8). Men of Athens, I have never learned the art of medicine from anyone, nor have I asked any of the doctors to be my teacher. I have consistently taken care neither to learn anything from the doctors nor even to seem to have learned their art. 5). Socrates is making this absurd proposal to point out the illogicality of allowing inexperienced speakers to urge the Athenian democracy to adopt any policy that happens to occur to them. MEDICINE AND MONEY If a rich man should fall ill, unscrupulous physicians, aware of their client’s desire for pleasure, would not administer the treatment most conducive to good health, but instead they would prescribe the most desirable and pleasant regimen.

8 Amulets came in many styles, and were worn for many purposes, from warding off evil in general to assuring protection from specific diseases. The other side of this limestone amulet is carved to resemble a walnut shell. In his Ethics, Theophrastus tells how Pericles was visited by a friend when he was ill, and showed him an amulet that the women of the household had hung round his neck. He did this to indicate that he must really be ill to be putting up with that sort of nonsense (Plutarch Life of Pericles 38).

After all, he treats his patients one at a time. That’s enough on this topic (Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics 1097a). , Lund Papyri I 7: Why is the rectum so called? Because it is positioned in a straight [direct] line, whereas the other intestines are twisted in a spiral. Where is the sphincter situated? At the end of the rectum. What is it made of? It is neurocartilaginous. What is its purpose? 53K). You should entrust one of your students with the task of administering treatment and ensuring that your instructions are carried out in a timely manner.

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