“The first edition of Vivian Nutton’s Ancient Medicine () is already established as the most authoritative, and expansive, synthetic treatment of the subject. Vivian Nutton, Ancient Medicine. London and New York: Routledge, Pp. xiv , ; ills. 31, maps & plans 4. ISBN $ Ancient Medicine has 37 ratings and 1 review. Nelle said: A fascinating historical look at medicine. Heavy going at times, but extremely interesting. A m.

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The tidbits about remedies used by Octavia or Messalina call for specifics, especially how the compound drugs become tooth-cleaners, headache remedies, and analgesics for quinsy, details that would provide the slice-of-life in a royal household and the contents of an unusual medicine chest.

We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. None of your libraries hold this item. Published May 10th by Routledge first published March 1st The Augusta always has this compound at nuttn my trans. Here is a “slice of life” as given through Scribonius Largus, Compositiones70 ed.

And whenever the compound is to be used, a sufficient amount of the same honey should be added to it. Where and when the two men met can only be guessed at Sophie Ball rated it really liked it May 09, Especially important in Nutton’s interpretations of the welter of internally- and otherwise-contradictory theoretical constructs labeled Hippocratic; ch.

Susanne rated it really liked it Dec 29, Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of In German, the T. Want to Read saving…. 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 Published London ; New York: Although cited by Nutton, these ideas ancieny implicitly dismissed.


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Graduate seminars in any aspect of Greek or Roman medicine will enjoy testing the evidence presented in mrdicine book, but will test the sources and render interpretations of those sources with techniques familiar to physicians who assess data emerging from controlled laboratory analyses.

Ancient Medicineencompasses sources, texts, and modern scholarship ancisnt from Homer to some notes on medicine and the Christians in the seventh century, a span of years. He has published extensively on all aspects on medicine before the seventeenth century, and in particular on Galen and the Renaissance. Joelle rated it liked it Jan 23, Hardcoverpages.

And the writings and translations of Julius Hirschberg are reduced to impenetrable status Nutton: Nutton is well aware of all these particulars, and, with topics that match his well-known abilities in classical philology, 8 his narrative drips with controlled expertise, an ease of choosing just the right example from hundreds that speaks of the many years spent with Greek and Latin texts on medicine and related subjects.

Open Preview See a Problem? Looking for beautiful books? Walter de Gruyter, in excruciating detail attempts a ‘social biography’ of Galen, but the old adage ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ sums this effort some of the ‘footnotes’ consume an entire page. Login to add to list.

Nutton displays his sure command of the interpersonal, historical, and sociological contexts, but he disdains to describe the ” Megan Rise rated it liked it Jun 30, Added to the paradox is the nature of folk medicine as the most innovative aspect of medicine, since new drugs, new techniques, new explanations of good health and causes of illness, sometimes emerge first in so-called popular lore.

Such standards, however, do not work well when one assesses medicine, or any of the linked sciences or pseudo-sciences: Heavy going at times, but extremely interesting.

Nutton’s medical science nuttton minimal, a shortcoming apparent in several chapters, exemplified by the summary of Scribonius Largus pp. James rated it really liked it Aug 26, In writing the book, Nutton has not merely summarized much current scholarship in ancient medical studies exclusive of current work in the pre-Greek ancient Near Eastbut has also shown remarkable courage in setting forth his own views on disparate aspects, each of which will receive challenges from specialists.


Nutton indicates this mode of thinking in the “Preface” to his collected papers, published as From Democedes to Harvey: Alexandria, Anatomy and Experimentation.

There is nothing “magnificent” about the death caused by Praxagoras’ bungling use of emetics and cathartics the drug is not named [no hellebore here] to treat hernias. Johns Hopkins University Press, The mutton of Ancient Medicine is striking in view of these numerous flaws. Medicine in the Later Roman Empire show more. Oddly, Nutton reasserts Whiggish medical history by denying that ancient medicine did few patients much good, stated explicitly on p.

Ancient Medicine

The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, ntton it the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey available. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Lists with This Book. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 5 of 9. Description The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. Tags What are tags? This book is an essential tool for anyone interested in the history of Western medicine.

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