Western Medical Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - 478 pàgines

A landmark work, this history of medical thought from antiquity through the Middle Ages reconstructs the slow transformations and sudden changes in theory and practice that marked the birth and early development of Western medicine.

Editor Mirko Grmek and his contributors adopt a synthetic, cross-disciplinary approach that conveys a complete and varied vision of our medical past, with attention to cultural, social, and economic forces as they have affected the historical flow of knowledge and the practice of medicine. The various chapters by an international group of scholars, isolate key ideas behind the history of medicine in the West: charity and aid for the sick; medical scholasticism; the concept of disease; intervention with surgery or drugs; and the regimen of health. Throughout, they highlight the links between socioeconomics in general, with a focus on the physician, and the scientific ideas, beliefs, and techniques behind prevailing medical practices. The result is a multifaceted history, unparalleled in its scope, of the myriad influences on the development of medical thought, and of the impact of that thought on other branches of knowledge and on human behavior across the centuries.

 

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Continguts

Introduction
1
The Birth of Western Medical Art
22
Hellenistic Medicine
72
Medicine in the Roman World
104
Medicine in the Byzantine
139
Charity and Aid in Medieval Christian Civilization
170
Medical Scholasticism
197
The Concept of Disease
241
Drugs
259
Surgery
273
The Regimens of Health
291
Equilibrium and Breakdown of
319
Notes
355
Bibliography
401
Contributors
467
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Sobre l'autor (1998)

Mirko D. Grmek was Director of Studies at the École practique des hautes études (EPHE), Paris, and the author of History of AIDS: The Emergence and Origin of a Modern Pandemic.

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