Greek Thinkers

Greek Thinkers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...conceivable advance; but they further endeavoured to assist the advance themselves by their not inconsiderable successes in their special region of inquiry. The proportions of the present work do not, unfortunately, permit us to bring forward the evidence for this view, but we are reluctant to part from the precious collection of the Hippocratic writings, which are still so little known and appreciated, without offering a few more proofs of the sound scientific spirit which penetrates a considerable portion of them. One of the most generous marks of that spirit is a respect and appreciation for great thoughts which derive their descent from an opposite or hostile school, and thus we find the valuable doctrine of the necessary equilibrium between exercise and nourishment, which was taught by the physicians of Cnidus, reappearing in the work "On Diet in Acute Illnesses," though it opened with a bitter polemic against the chef a"rzu2/re of that school, "The Cnidian Sentences." The author in that instance was as innocent of vain pretensions to originality as he was free from the vulgar eagerness for cheap and superficial triumphs. He displayed a genuine spirit of research in his endeavour to strengthen the doctrine which he was combating by fresh and weighty arguments, as when he wrote in one place, "my opponent's view will be assisted by the following consideration." No less sturdy and incorruptible was the instinct for the truth evinced by the author of the work "On the joints," which Littre characterized as "the great surgical monument of antiquity and a model for all future ages." The writer, a physician of noble mind and lofty thought, did not shrink from...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236860373
  • 9781236860378