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Title Greek medical literature and its readers : from Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium / edited by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos and Sophia Xenophontos
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (x, 239 pages) : illustrations
Series Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London ; 20
Publications (King's College London. Centre for Hellenic Studies) ; 20
Contents PART 1.THE CLASSICAL WORLD, p.5 -- alcmaeonand his addressees.revisiting the incipit, p.7 -- gone with the wind.laughter and the audience of the hippocratic treatises, p.30 -- the professional audiences of the hippocratic epidemics:patient cases in hippocratic scientific communication, p.48 -- PART 2. THE IMPERIAL WORLD, p.65 -- galen's exhortation to the study of medicine .an educational work for prospective medical students, p.67 -- an interpretation of the preface to medical puzzles and natural problems, p.94 -- PART 3.THE ISLAMIC WORLD, p.111 -- the users friendly galen:hunayn ibn ishaq and the adaptation of greek medicine for a new audience, p.113 -- medical knowledge as proof of the creator's wisdom and the arabic reception of galen'son the usefulness the parts, p.131 -- PART 4. THE BYZANTINE WORLD, p.151 -- physician versus physician:comparing the audience of on the constitution of man by meletios and epitome on the nature of men by leo the physician, p.153 -- reading galen in byzantium:the fate of therapeutics to glaucon, p.180 -- index, p.231
Summary This volume focuses on the relationship between Greek medical texts and their audience(s), offering insights into how not only the backgrounds and skills of medical authors but also the contemporary environment affected issues of readership, methodology and mode of exposition. One of the volume's overarching aims is to add to our understanding of the role of the reader in the contextualisation of Greek medical literature in the light of interesting case-studies from various - often radically different - periods and cultures, including the Classical (such as the Hippocratic corpus) and Roman Imperial period (for instance Galen), and the Islamic and Byzantine world. Promoting, as it does, more in-depth research into the intricacies of Greek medical writings and their diverse revival and transformation from the fifth century BC down to the fourteenth century AD, this volume will be of interest to classicists, medical historians and anyone concerned with the reception of the Greek medical tradition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Medical Writing -- history.
History, Ancient.
History, Medieval.
Medical literature -- Greece
Medicine, Greek and Roman -- History -- Sources
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Reference.
MEDICAL -- Alternative Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Atlases.
MEDICAL -- Essays.
MEDICAL -- Family & General Practice.
MEDICAL -- Holistic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Osteopathy.
Medical literature.
Medicine, Greek and Roman.
Greece, Ancient.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Bouras-Vallianatos, Petros, editor.
Xenophontos, Sophia A., 1985- editor.
ISBN 1351205242