The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World

The Healing Hand: Man and Wound in the Ancient World

Paperback Commonwealth Fund Publications

By (author) Guido Majno

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 277mm x 30mm | 1,214g
  • Publication date: 4 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674383311
  • ISBN 13: 9780674383319
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 15 color illustrations (as 0ne 16-page 4/c insert), 572 halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,024,593

Product description

Tracing the art of the physician in the ancient world, this book captures the healers' attempts to conquer pain over the centuries. Looking at the civilizations of the ancient world - Greece at the time of Hippocrates, Rome under the Caesars, the Egypt of the Pharohs, the India of Ashoka and China as Mencius knew it - Dr Guido Majno has returned to the orginal sources to unravel history from documents as varied as personal letters, buried artifacts and early treatises. He has reconstructed ancient experiments in a modern laboratory and has evaluated ancient remedies with today's methods.

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Guido Majno was Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

Review quote

This is a work of feeling and passion...What Guido Majno has created after a decade of effort is a work of scholarship of the highest order, which reads with the facility of an adventure story that, in a way, it is. Human Behavior The author is a courageous and catholic amateur of history who delights in inference, an experimenter, a questioner and a cultivated writer of imagination, humor and compassion...His work is above all a delectable lesson in how to know the past. Scientific American I found Majno's work so absorbing that I was hardly able to put it down...This is a book for the serious reader as well as the browser...A splendid book. Natural History This beautifully illustrated, thoroughly referenced book certainly deserves recognition as an outstanding contribution to the history of medicine. Hopefully, physicians and historians will take advantage of its enjoyable wisdom. Journal of the American Medical Association What vitality--a great laughing, learned, extroverted giant, dragging you with him on one of the most stimulating and entertaining journeys for a long while... This is just a great, astonishing book. -- Charles Newman British Medical Journal The book provides a broad panorama of disease and healing from prehistoric times to the era of Galen, told with wisdom, grace, wit and new insights. Its author approaches the history of illness and its therapy with a joy and enthusiasm that are infectious...So--hurry, buy, read and enjoy! -- Louis Lasagna, M.D New England Journal of Medicine Reading The Healing Hand is like going through a museum with a seasoned guide who not only points out the sights but relates innumerable anecdotes along the way. -- Catherine Macek Journal of the American Medical Association

Table of contents

1. Prelude 2. The Asu (Mesopotamia) 3. The Swnw (Egypt) 4. The Iatros (Greece) 5. The Perfumes of Arabia 6. The Yang I (China) 7. The Vaidya (India) 8. Alexandria the Great 9. The Medicus (Rome) 10. Galen--and into the Night Bibliography Abbreviations and Phonetic Notations Notes to the Text Notes to the Illustrations Index