By J.C. McKeown
There are few disciplines as intriguing and forward-looking as medication. regrettably, even though, many sleek practitioners have overlooked the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of old scientific Curiosities aspires to treatment this lapse through taking readers again to the early days of Western medication in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of historical authors, usually from texts that have by no means earlier than been translated into English, J. C. McKeown bargains a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, vitamin and meals, and plenty of different fields of drugs.
This ebook beneficial properties 1000s of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild suggestions from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional clinical global, a global within which, for instance, a medical professional needed to be strong-minded sufficient to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched through the gods, medication and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required earlier than surroundings oneself up as a physician. nevertheless, McKeown unearths that a few historic scientific attitudes have been additionally strangely just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights old perspectives on normal issues, corresponding to scientific ethics and the function of the healthcare professional in society. a desirable exploration of the weird - and infrequently gruesome - clinical ideals of the prior, A cupboard of old scientific Curiosities will pride an individual with an curiosity within the historical past of drugs or the traditional world.
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16). 44 44 A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities When patients do not actually require drugs, but merely need to be put on a health regime, even an inferior doctor will suffice. But, when drugs do have to be administered, we know that a more confident doctor is necessary (Plato Republic 459c). Medical treatment varies greatly, depending on the status of the patient: Sick slaves are just about always treated by doctors who are slaves … . Such a doctor never gives or receives a report about an individual slave’s particular illness.
He goes on to conclude that it is only their preoccupation with money that prevents modern doctors from bringing medicine to perfection. 622K). 8). When it comes to acute diseases, laymen are not very good at distinguishing which doctors are outstanding, and they tend to praise or criticize outlandish cures. It is in the treatment of these diseases that ordinary people outdo themselves in their lack of comprehension and those who 41 Attitudes to Doctors 41 are not doctors seem most plausibly to be doctors (Hippocrates Acute Diseases 2).
Apthorus built this tomb for his excellent, devoted wife and for himself. 7581) 37 1 4 III • • AT T I T U DE S TO DOCTORS A RANGE OF OPINIONS The Greeks are a quite worthless and unteachable race. When they bestow their literature on us, they will destroy our whole existence. They will do this all the sooner if they send us their doctors, for they have conspired to murder all non-Greeks with their medicine. 14). In practically every case, whether it involves a disease or a wound, people blame the doctor for any further suffering that arises as the inevitable consequence of the pain that the patient is already experiencing.
A cabinet of ancient medical curiosities: strange tales and surprising facts from the healing arts of Greece and Rome by J.C. McKeown