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A landmark work, this history of medical thought from antiquity through the Middle Ages reconstructs the slow transformations and sudden changes in theory and practice that marked the birth and early development of Western medicine.
Editor Mirko Grmek and his contributors adopt a synthetic, cross-disciplinary approach that conveys a complete and varied vision of our medical past, with attention to cultural, social, and economic forces as they have affected the historical flow of knowledge and the practice of medicine. The various chapters by an international group of scholars, isolate key ideas behind the history of medicine in the West: charity and aid for the sick; medical scholasticism; the concept of disease; intervention with surgery or drugs; and the regimen of health. Throughout, they highlight the links between socioeconomics in general, with a focus on the physician, and the scientific ideas, beliefs, and techniques behind prevailing medical practices. The result is a multifaceted history, unparalleled in its scope, of the myriad influences on the development of medical thought, and of the impact of that thought on other branches of knowledge and on human behavior across the centuries.
This book is a compilation of 12 monographs on classical and medieval medicine by 12 experts. Grmek's editing and especially Shugaar's translation provide the English-speaking reader with the best in-depth coverage of this field yet provided. Unlike other joint efforts that sometimes lack unity of theme or depth of knowledge, these essays can be read individually to introduce or brush up on a topic, or they can be read as a whole...They are complementary, not competitive.
— T. P. Gariepy
Mirko D. Grmek
The Birth of Western Medical Art
Between Knowledge and Practice: Hellenistic Medicine
The Paths of Knowledge: Medicine in the Roman World
Reception and Tradition: Medicine in the Byzantine and Arab World
Charity and Aid in Medieval Christian Civilization
Jole Agrimi and Chiara Crisciani
The Concept of Disease
Mirko D. Grmek
Therapeutic Strategies: Drugs
Therapeutic Strategies: Surgery
The Regimens of Health
Pedro Gil Sotres
Diseases in Europe: Equilibrium and Breakdown of the Pathocenosis