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Ancient Medicine: Selected Papers of Ludwig Edelstein (Softshell Books) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801834912
ISBN-10: 0801834910
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Edelstein's work has contributed profoundly to our knowledge and understanding of Greek medicine.

(Bulletin of the History of Medicine)

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A classic study of medicine in antiquity, Ancient Medicine brings together much of Ludwig Edelstein's most important work on a subject that occupied him throughout a distinguished career. Included is his widely known translation of and commentary on the Hippocratic Oath, as well as his other writings on the oath which demonstrate how atypical it is of Greek medical thought. The book also explores the influence of empiricism and skepticism on Greek and Roman medicine, the practice of anatomy and dietetics in antiquity, and the relation of ancient medicine to ancient philosophy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Softshell Books
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801834910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801834912
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good book, although seems to be more focused on Greek medicine than "ancient medicine". Explains how the 'Hippocratic Oath' is more that just an oath, but is really a window into the Greek world and the influence of Greek Mystery Schools (specifically pythagorean) on life of those times. Wordy, though, probably could have done the same thing in about half the book or at least made a large appendix with additional material. Serves its purpose, though.
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