Hippocratic Recipes: Oral and Written Transmission of Pharmacological Knowledge in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece

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Hippocratic Recipes is the first extended study of the pharmacological recipes included in the Hippocratic Corpus. The recipes, found mostly in the gynaecological and nosological treatises, are here examined both from a philological and a sociocultural point of view. Drawing on studies in the fields of classics, social history of medicine, and anthropology, this book offers new insights into the production and use of pharmacological knowledge in the classical world. In particular, it assesses the deep interactions between oral and written traditions in the transmission of this knowledge. Recipes are addressed as texts, but the existence of ‘missing links’ in the written tradition are acknowledged.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004171541
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Studies in Ancient Medicine Series, #34
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence M.V. Totelin , Ph.D. (2006) in History of Medicine, University College London, is Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She has published articles on pharmacology in the Greek and Roman worlds.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Under the spell of the pharmakon 1

Ch. 1 Oral transmission of medical knowledge and written recipes 21

Ch. 2 The history of the written catalogues of recipes 67

Ch. 3 Hippocratic recipes between home remedies and Haute Medecine 111

Ch. 4 Imports, geographical determinism and influences: 'The use of exotic and luxury ingredients in the Hippocratic catalogues of recipes 141

Ch. 5 Fertility and sex: The symbolism attached to some ingredients of the Hippocratic gynaecological recipes 197

Ch. 6 Reading, studying and using the Hippocratic Catalogues of recipes 225

Ch. 7 The afterlife of Hippocratic recipes 259

Conclusions: The fluidity of pharmacological knowledge 297

Bibliography 303

General Index 327

Index of Passages Cited 343

Index of Ingredients 353

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