Heroic Measures: Hippocratic Medicine in the Making of Euripidean Tragedy

Heroic Measures: Hippocratic Medicine in the Making of Euripidean Tragedy

by Jennifer Kosak, J. C. Kosak
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004139931

ISBN-13: 9789004139930

Pub. Date: 09/30/2004

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This book demonstrates the importance of Greek medical thought in the work of Euripides. Part I shows the significance of the healing figure in Euripidean drama; Part II analyzes the role of traditional and rationalist remedies in the construction of Euripidean plots and arguments.

Overview

This book demonstrates the importance of Greek medical thought in the work of Euripides. Part I shows the significance of the healing figure in Euripidean drama; Part II analyzes the role of traditional and rationalist remedies in the construction of Euripidean plots and arguments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004139930
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Series:
Studies in Ancient Medicine Series, #30
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 6.42(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Abbreviationsix
Introduction: Tragedy, medicine and suffering in the fifth century B.C.1
Part IHealers and the Heroics of Medical Techne
Chapter 1The Healing Art19
aThe Healer: Lively metaphor and lived reality19
bTechne and Technitai in the Hippocratic Corpus30
cHeroic measures and the healing art35
Chapter 2Healers in Greek Tragedy43
aPrometheus Bound: The healer as philanthropist43
bEuripides' Hippolytus: The charlatan in action49
cIon: Malpractice suits65
dMedea: First, do no harm72
eOrestes: No heroic measures84
Part IIFrom Cause to Cure
Chapter 3The Story of Disease93
Chapter 4Causes of Disease in the Hippocratic Corpus101
Chapter 5Remedy in the Hippocratic Corpus109
aAllopathy115
bMetabole121
cApostasis125
dMalthakia and ischys128
Chapter 6Finding the Cause and Finding the Cure: Four Euripidean Plays131
aOrestes: No way out131
bHeracles: Politics, plagues and the patient151
cPhoenissae: Balanced interiors174
dBacchae: Homeopathy and repression189
Conclusion193
Bibligraphy199
Index nominum et rerum211
Index locorum221

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