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By J.C. McKeown

There are few disciplines as intriguing and forward-looking as drugs. regrettably, even though, many sleek practitioners have overpassed the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of historic scientific Curiosities aspires to treatment this lapse via taking readers again to the early days of Western drugs in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of historic authors, usually from texts that have by no means ahead of been translated into English, J. C. McKeown bargains a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, nutrition and meals, and lots of different fields of medication.

This publication good points 1000's of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild tips from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional clinical global, an international within which, for instance, a health professional needed to be strong-minded sufficient to disregard the screams of his sufferer, ailments have been assumed to be despatched via the gods, medication and magic have been frequently indistinguishable, and no skills have been required prior to environment oneself up as a physician. nonetheless, McKeown finds that a few historical scientific attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of medication, McKeown highlights old perspectives on prevalent themes, akin to scientific ethics and the position of the health care professional in society. a desirable exploration of the unusual - and infrequently gruesome - scientific ideals of the previous, A cupboard of old clinical Curiosities will satisfaction someone with an curiosity within the heritage of medication or the traditional world.

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That was how she started treating women. When the male doctors saw that they were not being allowed to visit women any more, they began making accusations against Hagnodice, alleging that “he” was a smooth seducer of women, and that the women were feigning illness so that “he” would visit them. The court was about to find her guilty when Hagnodice lifted her tunic and showed that she was a woman. The male doctors began to accuse her all the more vehemently [for breaking the law prohibiting women from studying medicine], but the wives of the leading citizens came to court and protested, “You aren’t our husbands, you’re our enemies, for you are condemning the woman who has found a way to save our lives”.

Medicine has been well organized now for a long time, and has evolved both a set of principles and a method on the basis of which many fine discoveries have been made over a period of many years. What remains to be discovered will be discovered, if the inquirer has the requisite ability and a sound knowledge of what has already been discovered, and uses this knowledge as his starting point. Anyone who undervalues and rejects all this knowledge, and tries to pursue his investigations along some other path, following some other theory, has been, and still is, bound to be disappointed (Hippocrates Ancient Medicine 2).

It is neurocartilaginous. What is its purpose? 53K). You should entrust one of your students with the task of administering treatment and ensuring that your instructions are carried out in a timely manner. Pick one who has already been inducted into the mysteries of the medical art, and is capable of administering treatment safely and of modifying the treatment if need arises. He can also make sure that nothing that happens in the intervals between your visits escapes your notice. Never give any such responsibility to a layman, for otherwise, if anything goes wrong, you will be blamed for it (Hippocrates Decorum 17).

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