“The first edition of Vivian Nutton’s Ancient Medicine () is already established as the most authoritative, and expansive, synthetic treatment of the subject. Vivian Nutton, Ancient Medicine. London and New York: Routledge, Pp. xiv , ; ills. 31, maps & plans 4. ISBN $ Ancient Medicine has 37 ratings and 1 review. Nelle said: A fascinating historical look at medicine. Heavy going at times, but extremely interesting. A m.

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The tidbits about remedies used by Octavia or Messalina call for specifics, especially how the compound drugs become tooth-cleaners, headache remedies, and analgesics for quinsy, details that would provide the slice-of-life in a royal household and the contents of an unusual medicine chest.

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Preview — Ancient Medicine by Vivian Nutton. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A fascinating historical look at medicine. Separate different tags with a comma. History of Medicine, Ancient.

Amply demonstrated in two essential texts, translations, and commentaries: Pharmacology surgery and the Roman army. Juliette Mundy rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Bryn Mawr Andient Review Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Susanne rated it really liked it Dec 29, Login to add to list. Molly rated it it was amazing Dec 14, Especially important in Nutton’s interpretations of the welter nytton internally- and otherwise-contradictory theoretical constructs labeled Hippocratic; ch.


Indeed, this is the only book available in English that offers a comprehensive survey of the long and complex tradition of Greek medicine from its earliest periods to the end of the Roman empire And since the practice of medicine in any culture consists distinctively of attributes labeled “disease,” “health,” and “therapeutics,” and how certain authorities espoused particular theories on each facet, one must continually interweave multiple cordages: The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available.

Added to the paradox is the nature of folk medicine as the most innovative aspect of medicine, since new drugs, new techniques, new explanations of good health and causes of illness, sometimes emerge first in so-called popular lore. Fluidity marks medicine, perhaps best understood as an unpredictability in the outcomes from physician to physician, but an internal paradox also defines medical practice on all levels: Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 5 of 9.

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The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making it Other Authors Ebooks Corporation. With many texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges usual perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine.


Disturbing too are residues of biases not befitting the study of ancient medicine. Galen’s On the Doctrines of Hippocrates and Plato ed. Oxford University Press,esp.

He has also edited two collections of essays on Galen, while his Ancient Medicine is a major synthesis of the history of medicine in classical antiquity from the Greeks to the sixth century CE. Return to Book Page.

Ancient Medicine

To begin, I wish to express my admiration for this near-masterpiece of compression: This short section repeats much of an earlier publication, 24 and suffers from the same faults: Ancient Medicine Vivian Nutton No preview available – A talented philologist, trained in the finest analytical techniques applicable to Amcient and Latin, easily misses the particulars that infest pharmacology, surgery, and the unexperienced if essential recollections of an everyday medical practice.

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