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- Publisher: LOEB
- Format: Hardback | 432 pages
- Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)
- Dimensions: 114mm x 171mm x 22mm | 286g
- Publication date: 31 December 1994
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
- ISBN 10: 0674995260
- ISBN 13: 9780674995260
- Sales rank: 839,746
The medical treatises collected under Hippocrates' name are essential sources of information about the practice of medicine in antiquity and about Greek theories concerning the human body. In this eighth volume of the ongoing Loeb edition of these invaluable texts, Paul Potter presents ten treatises that offer an illuminating overview of Hippocratic medicine. Three theoretical works - Places in Man, General Nature of Glands, and Fleshes - expound particular theories of anatomy and physiology and then elaborate on how disease and healing occur in the systems depicted. Prorrhetic 1 and 2 and Physician deal with symptoms and prognosis and with other aspects of the physician-patient relationship. And four practical manuals - Use of Liquids, Ulcers, Fistulas, and Haemorrhoids - give specific instruction for treatments. Thus from the writings in this volume we gain insight into the Hippocratic physician's understanding of the body, his approach to his patient, and his methods for dealing with a variety of disorders.
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Since Littre's edition...the texts of the "Epidemics", with the exception of I, III and VI, had only appeared in an edition by Pournaropoulos, and this is the first complete English translation...It is thus of enormous value in making all the books of the "Epidemics" available to those without a sufficient knowledge of Greek or French--or without access to the Littre edition. It is also a welcome further step towards a complete Loeb Hippocrates, and therefore towards a much-needed available and affordable edition of the Hippocratic Corpus.--C. F. Salazar "The Classical Review "
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The medical treatises collected under Hippocrates' name are essential sources of information about the practice of medicine in antiquity and about Greek theories concerning the human body. In the casebooks and notes that make up the seven books called Epidemics - the title originally meant 'visits' - we can watch ancient physicians observing patients, noting and pondering symptoms, evaluating treatments, and developing theories about the body. They appear to be physicians' notebooks from several areas of the Aegean basin. Hippocratic medicine remained the basis of medical practice until the eighteenth century of our era, and the Epidemics long served as textbooks as well as historical records. Smith supplements his clear translation with explanatory notes.