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Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria: Edition, Translation and Essays [Hardcover]

Herophilus , Heinrich von Staden
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May 26, 1989 0521236460 978-0521236461 1St Edition
Herophilus, a contemporary of Euclid, practiced medicine in Alexandria in the third century B.C., and seems to have been the first Western scientist to dissect the human body. He made especially impressive contributions to many branches of anatomy and also developed influential views on many other aspects of medicine. Von Staden assembles the fragmentary evidence concerning one of the more important scientists of ancient Greece. Part 1 of the book presents the Greek and Latin texts accompanied by English translation and interpretative commentary. Significant background information is given in the introductory essay preceding each chapter. Part 2 briefly sketches the major developments within the Herophilean school after Herophilus, and discusses the individual members within it. Anyone interested in the history of science, the history of medicine, or intellectual history will find this book a rich source of information about an unusual and important aspect of Greek culture.

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"We have been waiting for a long time for an authoritative collection of this ancient material. Now we have more than we could have hoped for....Quite simply, von Staden's Herophilus is one of the finest and richest pieces of classical scholarship to have appeared in many years....Its impact, not only on the study of ancient medicine, but on science and philosophy is only beginning to be felt." J.T. Vallance, Ancient Philosophy

"One of the highest achievements of 20th Century scholarship in ancient Greek medicine" Paul Potter, University of Western Ontario, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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Herophilus, a contemporary of Euclid, practiced medicine in Alexandria in the third century B.C., and seems to have been the first Western scientist to dissect the human body. He made especially impressive contributions to many branches of anatomy. Von Staden assembles the fragmentary evidence concerning one of the more important scientists of ancient Greece.

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  • Hardcover: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1St Edition edition (May 26, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521236460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521236461
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,428,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a detailed and valuable work April 18, 2003
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In the history of medicine, popularity is mainly focused on the famous scientists such as Hipoccrates and Galen. However on the basis of positive science, maybe the most important scientist is Herophilus. The knowledge on Herophilus is rare and scattered in different testimonies and writings of authors such as Galen and Celsus. This valuable work of von Staden collects all these scattered information in one book. I think this book should be the main starting point to study ancient Alexandrian medicine, Herophilus and Herophilians. This book will not only illuminate today's knowledge but will also guide the future knowledge
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