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Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine   By: (1880-1959)

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Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine by James Elliott offers a comprehensive exploration of, as the title suggests, the medical practices of ancient Greece and Rome. In this highly informative and well-researched book, Elliott delves into the rich history of medicine in these two civilizations, shedding light on their advances, techniques, and beliefs.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is the author's thoroughness in presenting the subject matter. Elliott leaves no stone unturned as he navigates through the various aspects of ancient medicine, covering topics such as the belief in humoral theory, surgical techniques, herbal remedies, and the role of religion in healing. By providing a holistic overview, he enables readers to gain a nuanced understanding of the medical practices of the time, immersing them in the fascinating world of ancient healing.

Additionally, Elliott's writing style is accessible and engaging, making it suitable for both scholars and general readers with an interest in the subject. He successfully balances academic rigor with a conversational tone, ensuring that the book remains engaging throughout. The numerous anecdotes and examples cited by the author further enhance the reader's understanding and enable them to connect with the material on a deeper level.

Furthermore, the book is meticulously organized, with each chapter focusing on a different aspect of Greek and Roman medicine. This structure allows readers to navigate through the book at their own pace, exploring specific areas of interest or reading it cover to cover for a comprehensive understanding. The inclusion of illustrations and diagrams throughout the book also adds visual interest and assists in explaining complex concepts.

While Elliott's expertise on the subject is evident, some readers may find the book heavily focused on description rather than analysis. The author presents an abundance of information but does not always delve into the significance or implications of the practices he discusses. While this may be intentional, as the book aims to provide an overview rather than deep analysis, some readers who seek a more critical examination may find themselves desiring more in-depth exploration.

In conclusion, Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine by James Elliott is an excellent resource for anyone interested in ancient medical practices. It presents a comprehensive overview of the subject matter and successfully brings the world of Greek and Roman medicine to life. With its accessible writing style, meticulous organization, and engaging content, this book serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking to learn about the fascinating medical traditions of these ancient civilizations.

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[Illustration: From Wellcome's Medical Diary (Copyright) By permission of Burroughs Wellcome & Co.


The ancient Greek Deity of Healing.]




Editor of the "New Zealand Medical Journal," Honorary Surgeon to the Wellington Hospital, New Zealand.


milford house inc. boston

This Milford House edition is an unabridged republication of the edition of 1914.

Published in 1971 by MILFORD HOUSE INC. Boston, Massachusetts

Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 76 165987 Standard Book Number 0 87821 036 9

Printed in the U.S.A.



I was stimulated to write these Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine by a recent sojourn in the south eastern part of Europe. The name of the book defines, to some extent, its limitations, for my desire has been to give merely a general outline of the most important stages in the advancement of the healing art in the two Empires to which modern civilization is most deeply indebted. There are a few great works on the history of medicine by continental writers, such, for instance, as those by the German writers, Baas, Sprengel, and Puschmann, but, generally speaking, the subject has been much neglected... Continue reading book >>

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