The Western Medical Tradition: 800 BC to AD 1800 / Edition 1

The Western Medical Tradition: 800 BC to AD 1800 / Edition 1

by Lawrence I. Conrad, Michael Neve, Vivian Nutton, Roy Porter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521475643

ISBN-13: 9780521475648

Pub. Date: 02/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The influence of Greek medical practices dating back to the fifth century B.C. has had an immeasurable impact on the development of medicine in the West over the subsequent centuries. This text is designed to cover the history of Western medicine from Classical Antiquity to 1800. As one guiding thread it takes the system of medical ideas that, in large part, went

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The influence of Greek medical practices dating back to the fifth century B.C. has had an immeasurable impact on the development of medicine in the West over the subsequent centuries. This text is designed to cover the history of Western medicine from Classical Antiquity to 1800. As one guiding thread it takes the system of medical ideas that, in large part, went back to the Greeks of the fifth century B.C., and played a major role in the understanding and treatment of health and disease. The influence of Greek medicine spread from the Aegean basin to the rest of the Mediterranean region, to Europe, and then to European settlements overseas. By the nineteenth century, however, this tradition no longer carried the same force or occupied so central a position within medicine. This book charts the influence of this tradition through twenty centuries, examining it in its social and historical context. It is essential reading as a new synthesis for all students of the history of medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521475648
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
570
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Medicine in the Greek world, 800–50 BC; 2. Roman medicine, 250 BC–200 AD; 3. Medicine in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages; 4. The Arab-Islamic medical tradition; 5. Medicine in medieval western Europe, 1000–1500; 6. Medicine in early modern Europe, 1500–1700; 7. The eighteenth century; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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