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The Invention of Medicine by Robin Lane Fox

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

Robin Lane Fox

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Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780241277058

Medicine is one of the great fields of achievement of the Ancient Greeks. Hippocrates is celebrated worldwide as the father of medicine and the Hippocratic Oath is admired throughout the medical profession as a founding statement of ethics and ideals.

4 stars out of 5
13 Sep 2020

"An exploration of early medicine makes for a vivid ride through ancient Greece"

Other readers can enjoy a vivid ride through a part of Greece little visited in either body or mind. This includes the most detailed account in Greek history of daily weather, the linking of weather to disease, generalisations from samples of urine, blood and excreta, the 19-day course of a drunken fever, the 80-day trial of a woman dying delirious after childbirth, the simultaneous coincidence of a first period with a nosebleed. One of these doctors compares the learning of medicine from predecessors to the cultivation of “what grows in the ground”.