By Vivian Nutton
The 1st version of historic medication was once the main entire exam of the medication of the traditional international for 100 years. the recent variation comprises the major discoveries made because the first version, in particular from very important texts came across in contemporary reveals of papyri and manuscripts, making it the main entire and up to date survey to be had. Vivian Nutton can pay specific cognizance to the lifestyles and paintings of medical professionals in groups, hyperlinks among drugs and magic, and examines different methods to medication around the old international. the hot version comprises extra on Rufus and Galen in addition to augmented info on Babylonia, Hellenistic medication and overdue Antiquity. With lately chanced on texts made available for the 1st time, and delivering new proof, this large exploration demanding situations at the moment held views, and proves a useful source for college kids of either classics and the heritage of medication.
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This description of a particular attitude towards Roman or late Greek medicine may seem somewhat exaggerated, a rhetorical riposte to the arch-rhetorician Pliny, although it is still not entirely absent from modern scholarship. But since the 1970s the general pattern of research into the history of ancient medicine has shifted considerably. 69 Indeed, until 1988 less than half of the Hippocratic Corpus was available in English, and some treatises, particularly those dealing with gynaecology, have yet to appear in the Loeb series or in an easily accessible English translation.
53 The plague of Justinian, which began in 541 in Egypt and spread as far as Spain, Trier and possibly Wales, is notable for two things. 54 Nonetheless, other factors support the notion that most outbreaks of infectious disease were local. 55 Often, too, it is associated with armies, either in camp or moving en masse on campaign. 59 An incident in AD 232 neatly illustrates the point, as well as showing ancient ideas about the causation and spread of such diseases. In that year the emperor Alexander Severus and his troops were encamped near the Euphrates frontier in N.
76 But the city as a political entity did not pursue a major role in matters to do with health, except for its own administrative purposes: doctors, for instance, would be needed to serve the army and to act as expert witnesses in cases of murder or serious injury. Except among the Jews and Christians, responsibility for health was a purely private matter for the individual and the individual’s family. 77 This environmental perspective also explains the scanty information given in our ancient sources on occupational diseases.
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