Greek Medicine from Hippocrates to Galen

Greek Medicine from Hippocrates to Galen : Selected Papers

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This volume makes available for the first time in English translation a selection of Jacques Jouanna's papers on medicine in the Graeco-Roman world. The papers cover more than thirty years of Jouanna's scholarship and range from the early beginnings of Greek medicine to late antiquity. Part One studies the ways in which Greek medicine is related to its historical and cultural background (politics, rhetoric, drama, religion). Part Two studies a number of salient features of Hippocratic medicine, such as dietetics, theories of health and disease and concepts of psychosomatic interaction, in relation to Greek philosophical thought. Part Three studies the reception of Hippocratic medicine, especially medical ethics and the theory of the four humours, in Galen and in late antiquity.

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  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 28mm | 798.32g
  • Brill
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English, Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Translation
  • 9004208593
  • 9789004208599
  • 1,242,647

About Jacques Jouanna

Jacques Jouanna is Member of the Institut de France (Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) and Professor Emeritus of Greek at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne, where he taught from 1981 and where he founded and directed the CNRS Research Group 'Medecine grecque'. His publications include Hippocrate. Pour une archeologie de l'ecole de Cnide (1975, re-issued 2009), Hippocrate (1992, Engl. tr. 1999), Sophocle (2007) and numerous critical editions of Hippocratic and Galenic medical texts.

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"Sebbene non sia facile dare un'idea in soli sedici articoli della produzione sterminata di Jacques Jouanna,1 tuttavia il volume curato da van der Eijk riesce pienamente nell'obiettivo di fornire ai lettori di lingua inglese (e non solo a essi) uno strumento per entrare direttamente in contatto con le acquisizioni scientifiche piu originali di uno studioso che ha dato una svolta agli studi sulla medicina antica. Organizzati in un quadro coerente e unitario, essi pongono la medicina ippocratica in un contesto culturale assai ampio nel quale essa si confronta con la filosofia, la poesia, la religione. I sedici lavori evidenziano tutti il contributo illuminante di Jouanna allo sviluppo dei piu importanti temi di ricerca. Un'eredita che ora si apre a un piu vasto pubblico di lettori nella consapevolezza che - rileva Jouanna nella nota di chiusura (p. XVI) - "times have changed, but the spirit remains the same, regardless of the language in which it expresses itself"." Giuseppe Squillace in BMCR 18.04.2013

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