Hippocrates in Context: Papers read at the International by Philip J. Van Der Eijk

By Philip J. Van Der Eijk

This number of papers stories the Hippocratic writings of their courting to the highbrow, social, cultural and literary context during which they have been written. ‘Context’ comprises not just the Greek global, but in addition the clinical suggestion and perform of alternative civilisations within the Mediterranean, resembling Babylonian and Egyptian drugs. a different focal point are the family members among the Hippocratic writings and ‘non-Hippocratic’ clinical authors of the 5th and fourth century BCE, akin to Diocles of Carystus, Praxagoras of Cos, in addition to Plato, Aristotle and Theophrastus. the gathering extra contains reviews of a few of the fewer famous works within the Hippocratic Corpus, comparable to Internal Affections, On the Eye, and Prorrheticon. and eventually, a few papers are dedicated to the influence and reception of Hippocratic proposal in later antiquity and the early smooth interval.

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It is a proof which is required in order that one is compelled of necessity to know clearly. Clearly position (3) rests on a more demanding view of what is required than that of (2): where (3) speaks of proof, (2) only requires some evidential link between perceived medical cases and an underlying theory. Position (1), however, where ‘empty’ is taken as ‘without content’, would be a self-contradictory position for the author to have taken: what he criticises as empty in the case of medicine would similarly be without content in the case of matters under the earth or in the sky, in which case also they could not claim to give any account at all.

3, only the famines are caused by the droughts. 37 cause and crisis in historians and medical writers 17 known as well, that of miasma carried by the air. This model could have been applied to the “plague” of Athens—witness the way in which the physician Galen read Thucydides’ text in the second century AD. 40 It is remarkable to see a doctor reading Thucydides’ work and bringing in the Hippocratic miasma theory where the historian had refused to take a stand on the cause. As a matter of fact, the miasma theory could not suit the historian, given that it did not square with his observations concerning the propagation of the disease.

33 16 jacques jouanna (tåw afit¤aw) which he believes to have been sufficient for such a great vicissitude. ”36 Here the historian makes a clear distinction between the cause of the disease and its description, and he adopts radically different attitudes towards the former and the latter: he limits himself to the description of what is visible or perceptible, leaving it to others to formulate hypotheses about the causes. He provides his personal experience for the description of the symptoms, whilst parting company with the doctors on the evaluation of the causes.

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