By Vivian Nutton
The 1st variation of historical drugs used to be the main entire exam of the medication of the traditional international for 100 years. the hot version comprises the main discoveries made because the first version, specifically from vital texts came upon in fresh reveals of papyri and manuscripts, making it the main entire and up to date survey on hand. Vivian Nutton will pay specific realization to the existence and paintings of medical professionals in groups, hyperlinks among medication and magic, and examines the several techniques to medication around the old international. the recent variation comprises extra on Rufus and Galen in addition to augmented details on Babylonia, Hellenistic medication and overdue Antiquity. With lately chanced on texts made obtainable for the 1st time, and offering new facts, this wide exploration demanding situations at present held views, and proves a useful source for college kids of either classics and the historical past of drugs.
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Sometimes it brings about a rapid death, but often its debilitating effects – as, indeed, those of all forms of malaria – are long term, on both mind and body. Falciparum malaria has been present in Greece at least since the Neolithic period, but its incidence has not always been constant. 125 The southern coastal cities of Etruria had flourishing populations until the third century BC, while the Greek colony of Paestum in S. Italy, famous today for its magnificent temples, was located in an area that by the Early Middle Ages was a malaria-infested marsh.
Reconstructing the disease profile of Antiquity is hampered by the great difference between ancient and modern understanding of the concept of ‘a disease’. 88 In general, they viewed disease as something that affected an individual and had its origin in an individual’s own physical make-up as affected by his or her lifestyle. Certain groupings of symptoms came very soon to be called ‘diseases’, and, particularly in the Roman period, there were sophisticated and, in terms of observation, impressive discussions of nosology.
145 Hippocratic physicians say relatively little about chronic conditions, although the fact that they regularly talk of ‘acute’ cases implies that they were aware of the distinction, and it is not until the Hellenistic period that we find treatises devoted to long-term illness. 146 At other times, the physician might contemplate a course of treatment lasting months, if not years. 147 On the whole, ancient medicine depended on the recuperative powers of the body and the self-limiting nature of many acute illnesses.
Ancient Medicine (2nd Edition) by Vivian Nutton