Hippocrates

Hippocrates

by Jacques Jouanna
     
 

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Hippocrates, considered for more than two thousand years the father of medicine, came over time to be credited with a life of mythic proportions and an enormous body of work. Hippocrates' pronouncements on health, disease, and prognosis went unchallenged in the Western world until scientific advances in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made many of his ideas

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Hippocrates, considered for more than two thousand years the father of medicine, came over time to be credited with a life of mythic proportions and an enormous body of work. Hippocrates' pronouncements on health, disease, and prognosis went unchallenged in the Western world until scientific advances in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made many of his ideas obsolete. And yet medical students in the United States and Europe still recite the Hippocratic oath upon completion of their studies. In view of Hippocrates' exceptional importance in the history of medicine, it may seem surprising that our knowledge of this fifth century b.c. Greek physician should be so incomplete.

Nonetheless, Jacques Jouanna contends that a great deal can be concluded about the life and works of Hippocrates. Published to both critical and popular acclaim in France, Hippocrates reveals a man who was not only the greatest of the ancient physicians but also a philosopher of unrecognized ability and consequence who influenced both Plato and Aristotle; a historian who was the equal of Herodotus and Thucydides as a writer and superior to them in his powers of observation and analysis; and a master of tragical narrative who bears comparison with Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Now that Hippocrates has at last emerged from the hagiographic mists of Byzantium and medieval Europe, the justice of his reputation as one of the greatest figures of antiquity can be more fully appreciated.

Editorial Reviews

Social History of Medicine - E. M. Craik
Jouanna boldly cuts through controversy to present a lucid and highly readable narrative.

Religious Studies Review - Anthony Preus
Jouanna's acquaintance with the text is probably unsurpassed.

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - Lesley Dean-Jones
The book is refreshing in that Jouanna seems to feel almost on personal terms with Hippocrates, and it is a good introduction to the subject in terms of the number of issues he addresses and the breadth of citation from the primary sources.

Le Monde
A beautiful and rich study.

International Journal of the Classical Tradition
If one is searching for a beginning book on Hippocrates and Greek medicine as a whole, Jacques Jouanna's work is a splendid introduction.

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
The book is refreshing in that Jouanna seems to feel almost on personal terms with Hippocrates, and it is a good introduction to the subject in terms of the number of issues he addresses and the breadth of citation from the primary sources.

— Lesley Dean-Jones

Religious Studies Review
Jouanna's acquaintance with the text is probably unsurpassed.

— Anthony Preus

Social History of Medicine
Jouanna boldly cuts through controversy to present a lucid and highly readable narrative.

— E. M. Craik

New England Journal of Medicine
I hardly need to say that I unreservedly recommend Jouanna's highly readable, thoroughly documented survey of Hippocratic medicine in pre-Hellenistic Greece -- its origins, concepts, and influence. The influence of Hippocratic medicine on desiderata in practice and, especially, on medical ethics persists today, even though today's practitioners may be unaware that at least some of what they believe is Hippocratic. This survey should be read by all who would like to understand the foundations, laid more than two millennia ago, of today's medicine.
E. M. Craik
Jouanna boldly cuts through controversy to present a lucid and highly readable narrative.
Social History of Medicine
Anthony Preus
Jouanna's acquaintance with the text is probably unsurpassed.
Religious Studies Review
Lesley Dean-Jones
The book is refreshing in that Jouanna seems to feel almost on personal terms with Hippocrates,and it is a good introduction to the subject in terms of the number of issues he addresses and the breadth of citation from the primary sources.
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Booknews
This is an English translation of the 1992 French work (Librairie Arth<`e>me Fayard). Medical advances and scholarly skepticism in the 19th and 20th centuries changed the common view of Hippocrates from that of a figure of almost mythic proportions, to one about whom, it was assumed, there was not enough known to assert anything definitive about his life, or even about his authorship of the texts attributed to him. Jouanna (Greek literature and civilization, Sorbonne) contends that historical evidence does support Hippocrates' authorship, as well as his authority as an uniquely talented physician, philosopher, historian, and even tragedian. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801868184
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2001
Series:
Medicine and Culture
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jacques Jouanna is professor of Greek literature and civilization at the Sorbonne (University of Paris-IV).

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