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By J.C. McKeown

ISBN-10: 0190610433

ISBN-13: 9780190610432

ISBN-10: 0190610441

ISBN-13: 9780190610449

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

This booklet beneficial properties countless numbers of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild suggestions from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional scientific global, an international within which, for instance, a physician needed to be strong-minded adequate to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched by means of the gods, medication and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required earlier than atmosphere oneself up as a physician. however, McKeown finds that a few old scientific attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights historic perspectives on popular subject matters, reminiscent of scientific ethics and the function of the surgeon in society. a desirable exploration of the weird - and infrequently ugly - clinical ideals of the prior, A cupboard of historic clinical Curiosities will pride a person with an curiosity within the heritage of medication or the traditional world.

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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.

When it comes to acute diseases, laymen are not very good at distinguishing which doctors are outstanding, and they tend to praise or criticize outlandish cures. It is in the treatment of these diseases that ordinary people outdo themselves in their lack of comprehension and those who 41 Attitudes to Doctors 41 are not doctors seem most plausibly to be doctors (Hippocrates Acute Diseases 2). If a carpenter is ill, he either expects to obtain from the doctor a medicine that he can drink so as to get rid of the ailment by vomiting, or he expects to be freed from it by purging or cautery or surgery.

Fig. 6 Thanks, Hyg[ie]ia. d. The practice of making such offerings continued long after Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire. 1). 98). Cut the foot off a live hare and remove the fur from its belly, then let the hare go free. Make a strong thread out of the fur, and use it to tie the foot to the sick person’s body. This produces a marvelous cure. 35). 12 12 A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities Motas vaeta daries dardares astataries dissunapiter and huat hauat huat ista pista sista dannabo dannaustra and huat haut haut istasis tarsis ardannabou dannaustra are incantations approved by the elder Cato for use in treating dislocations and fractures (On Agriculture 160).

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