Tag Archives: HIPPOCRATIC CORPUS

IATRIKEE KAI MEDICINE ,IASIS KAI MEDOMAI (5)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  19/06/16) The Doctor In Roman Society Apprenticeship and Quackery As a profession, medicine was more highly regarded in Greece than in Rome. Physicians were basically craftsmen, probably enjoying some esteem among their customers, but not being part … Continue reading

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The nervous system in antiquity (Clast)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  23/06/16) Neurophysiology Pneuma Neurophysiological hypotheses largely revolved around concepts regarding the nature and function of pneuma(air) as ‘vital spirit’ essential for life, which entered the body mainly during breathing but also through pores in the skin. Originally … Continue reading

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The nervous system in antiquity (B)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 31/10/15) Alexandria (Hellenistic era)Up to the Hellenistic era, all knowledge of neuro-anatomy had been based purely on animal dissections. The heyday of neuro-anatomy dawned when Herophilus and Erasistratuscommenced human dissection (probably even vivisection) of condemned criminals, under … Continue reading

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IATRIKEE KAI MEDICINE ,IASIS KAI MEDOMAI (4)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  25/10/15) Etruscan and Roman Medicine Home Remedies, State Religion and Private Practitioners Pliny, in his Natural History, says that the first doctor (medicus) to come to Rome was Arcagathus. He arrived from the Greek Peloponnese in 219 … Continue reading

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The nervous system in antiquity (A)

This overview of the nervous system in antiquity shows  that whereas neuro-anatomy had its heyday in the 4th and  3rd centuries BC (the Alexandrian School) and was later  consolidated by Galen in the 2nd century AD, neurophysiology remained largely mired … Continue reading

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IATRIKEE KAI MEDICINE ,IASIS KAI MEDOMAI (3)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  8/12/14) Healer Cults and Sanctuaries Asclepius and Votive Offerings Votive relief from Asklepieion of Piraeus, 4th century BCE. Archaeological Museum, Piraeus, Greece. Hippocratic principles were directly opposed to magic and ritual. However, the continuing success of the … Continue reading

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IATRIKEE KAI MEDICINE ,IASIS KAI MEDOMAI (2)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 26/03/14) The Hippocratic Corpus An Ancient Library, the Four Humors, and Greek Orthopaedics Frontispiece, 1555 edition of Hippocratis Coi Medicorum Omnium Longe Principis, a volume of the complete works of Hippocrates in Latin translation. The Hippocratic Corpus … Continue reading

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