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WESTERN MEDICAL THOUGHT FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE MIDDLE AGES


By GRMEK, MIRKO D. (Author)
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Price : $49.95    Special Price : $29.97
ISBN : 9780674403550  
Dimension : 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 inch    Page : 496
Year of Publication : 1999    Edition : 1
Publisher : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : MEDICINE



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A landmark work, this history of medical thought from antiquity through the Middle Ages reconstructs the slow transformations and sudden changes in theory and practice that marked the birth and early development of Western medicine.


Editor Mirko Grmek and his contributors adopt a synthetic, cross-disciplinary approach that conveys a complete and varied vision of our medical past, with attention to cultural, social, and economic forces as they have affected the historical flow of knowledge and the practice of medicine. The various chapters by an international group of scholars, isolate key ideas behind the history of medicine in the West: charity and aid for the sick; medical scholasticism; the concept of disease; intervention with surgery or drugs; and the regimen of health. Throughout, they highlight the links between socioeconomics in general, with a focus on the physician, and the scientific ideas, beliefs, and techniques behind prevailing medical practices. The result is a multifaceted history, unparalleled in its scope, of the myriad influences on the development of medical thought, and of the impact of that thought on other branches of knowledge and on human behavior across the centuries.



Mirko D. Grmek is Director of Studies at the École Practique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris. He is the author of History of AIDS: The Emergence and Origin of a Modern Pandemic.



Content :

  • Introduction
    Mirko D. Grmek
  • The Birth of Western Medical Art
    Jacques Jouanna
  • Between Knowledge and Practice: Hellenistic Medicine
    Mario Vegetti
  • The Paths of Knowledge: Medicine in the Roman World
    Danielle Gourevitch
  • Reception and Tradition: Medicine in the Byzantine and Arab World
    Gotthard Strohmaier
  • Charity and Aid in Medieval Christian Civilization
    Jole Agrimi and Chiara Crisciani
  • Medical Scholasticism
    Danielle Jacquart
  • The Concept of Disease
    Mirko D. Grmek
  • Therapeutic Strategies: Drugs
    Alain Touwaide
  • Therapeutic Strategies: Surgery
    Michael McVaugh
  • The Regimens of Health
    Pedro Gil Sotres
  • Diseases in Europe: Equilibrium and Breakdown of the Pathocenosis
    Jean-Noël Biraben

  • Notes
    Index

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