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The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available. Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world. The new edition includes more on Rufus and Galen as well as augmented information on Babylonia, Hellenistic medicine and Late Antiquity.

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All quotations from Greek and Latin have been translated into English by me, unless otherwise stated, and ancient titles have been given in English throughout. Ancient names have been generally given in their most familiar form, without any attempt at total consistency between a Greek and a Latinate spelling.

I have often indicated also the modern name or general location of an ancient place. The exact dates of many ancient writers are rarely known, and only approximations are often possible. I have tried to be consistent in indicating all dates BC, but I have added AD only to dates where there might be confusion in the mind of the reader, especially in chapters that crossed the boundaries between the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Two features in the notes should be mentioned here.

Square brackets around the name of an author, e. Hence, for reasons made clear in the text, I refer to writings in the Hippocratic Corpus always as by [Hippocrates].

Second, the two main blocks of ancient medical material are cited in two different ways. By contrast, in order to save space, I have cited Galen mainly by the volume and page number in the standard edition of K. Knobloch, , adding, where possible, the page number of an accessible English version. Where necessary, I have occasionally referred also to an improved text in a more recent edition, usually in the CMG series.

I have generally used standard editions of other ancient texts, indicating where necessary the name of the editor. I have not provided full bibliographical references to papyri, usually indicated by P.

Ephesos or Griechische Versinschriften. Those with Greek or Latin who wish to check these documents in their originally published form should consult the list of abbreviations in H. Liddell, R. Scott and H. Jones A Greek-English. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. Ancient Medicine By Vivian Nutton.

No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis Available for the first time in paperback, this first large-scale, sole-authored history of ancient medicine for almost years uses both archaeological and written evidence to survey the development of medical ideas from early Greece to late Antiquity.

Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in the communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world. With many texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges usual perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine. Excerpt All quotations from Greek and Latin have been translated into English by me, unless otherwise stated, and ancient titles have been given in English throughout.

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Vivian Nutton. Vivian Nutton has written a magisterial history of a year span of Greek and Roman medicine from the earliest textual evidence of the Homeric poems eighth century BCE through the Later Roman Empire seventh century CE. The work's greatest strength is its dazzlingly thorough treatment of medical textual sources, prosopography, and doxography, the result of the author's considering medical theories and practices primarily as the contributions of individuals. One may reasonably argue that the weight given to individuals is undue, and that since some ideas and practices similar to the Greeks' and Romans' are found in numerous other cultures, they are simply the sort of thing humans are likely to think and do, and so do not depend on individual achievement or failure. The virtue, however, of the individual focus is that we get a vivid sense of the struggle for survival that was and is at the heart of medicine—a sense that is missing from studies with different perspectives and aims. Moreover, Nutton's approach maintains the tension between early science and ancient medicine still extant in their respective modern fields: medicine may be based on theoretical or scientific principles, but its success—measured in human lives—depends on the skill of individual doctors in applying those broad principles to individual, unique cases.

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One of the world's leading experts on Galen, he has published editions of and commentaries on Galen's On Prognosis and the editio princeps of On my Own Opinions , and is preparing an annotated English translation of the recently discovered Avoiding Distress. He has also edited two collections of essays on Galen, while his Ancient Medicine is a major synthesis of the history of medicine in classical antiquity from the Greeks to the sixth century CE. Ancient Medicine. Vivian Nutton. Available for the first time in paperback, the first substantial, sole-authored history of ancient medicine for almost years uses both archaeological and written evidence to survey the development of medicine from early Greece to late Antiquity. Singer papyrus patient Pergamum philosopher phlegm physician plague Plato Pliny Plutarch practice practitioners Praxagoras pref recipes remedies Rome Rufus Scribonius Largus second century shrine slaves Soranus Staden suggests surgery surviving temple texts Themison theory therapy Thessalus town tradition treatise treatment W. Smith writings.

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The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available. Vivian Nutton pays particular attention to the life and work of doctors in communities, links between medicine and magic, and examines the different approaches to medicine across the ancient world. The new edition includes more on Rufus and Galen as well as augmented information on Babylonia, Hellenistic medicine and Late Antiquity. With recently discovered texts made accessible for the first time, and providing new evidence, this broad exploration challenges currently held perspectives, and proves an invaluable resource for students of both classics and the history of medicine. He has published extensively on all aspects on medicine before the seventeenth century, and in particular on Galen and the Renaissance.

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All quotations from Greek and Latin have been translated into English by me, unless otherwise stated, and ancient titles have been given in English throughout. Ancient names have been generally given in their most familiar form, without any attempt at total consistency between a Greek and a Latinate spelling. I have often indicated also the modern name or general location of an ancient place. The exact dates of many ancient writers are rarely known, and only approximations are often possible. I have tried to be consistent in indicating all dates BC, but I have added AD only to dates where there might be confusion in the mind of the reader, especially in chapters that crossed the boundaries between the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Two features in the notes should be mentioned here.

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