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

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OUTLINES OF GREEK AND ROMAN MEDICINE

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

ASKLEPIOS

The ancient Greek Deity of Healing.]

OUTLINES OF GREEK AND ROMAN MEDICINE

BY

JAMES SANDS ELLIOTT, M.D., Ch.B.(Edin.)

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

Illustrated

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.

TO MY FATHER

PREFACE.

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.

I cherish the hope that this little work may appeal to doctors, to medical students, and to those of the public who are interested in a narration of the progress of knowledge, and who realize that the investigation of the body in health and disease has been one of the most important features of human endeavour.

The medical profession deserves censure for neglect of its own history, and pity 'tis that so many practitioners know nothing of the story of their art. For this reason many reputed discoveries are only re discoveries; as Bacon wrote: "Medicine is a science which hath been, as we have said, more professed than laboured, and yet more laboured than advanced; the labour having been, in my judgment, rather in circle than in progression. For I find much iteration, and small progression." Of late years, however, the History of Medicine has been coming into its kingdom. Universities are establishing courses of lectures on the subject, and the Royal Society of Medicine recently instituted a historical section.

The material I have used in this book has been gathered from many sources, and, as far as possible, references have been given, but I have sought for, and taken, information wherever it could best be found. As Montaigne wrote: "I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together."

I have to express my indebtedness to my friend, Mr. J. Scott Riddell, M.V.O., M.A., M.B., C.M., Senior Surgeon, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, for his great kindness in reading the proof sheets, preparing the index and seeing this book through the press and so removing one of the difficulties which an author writing overseas has to encounter; also to my publishers for their courtesy and attention.

JAMES SANDS ELLIOTT.

Wellington, New Zealand.

January 5, 1914.

CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I.

EARLY ROMAN MEDICINE. 1

Origin of Healing Temples Lectisternium Temple of Æsculapius Archagathus Domestic Medicine Greek Doctors Cloaca Maxima Aqueducts State of the early Empire

CHAPTER II.

EARLY GREEK MEDICINE. 13

Apollo Æsculapius Temples Serpents Gods of Health Melampus Homer Machaon Podalarius Temples of Æsculapius Methods of Treatment Gymnasia Classification of Renouard Pythagoras Democedes Greek Philosophers

CHAPTER III.

HIPPOCRATES. 25

His life and works His influence on Medicine

CHAPTER IV.

PLATO, ARISTOTLE, THE SCHOOL OF ALEXANDRIA, AND EMPIRICISM. 39

Plato Aristotle Alexandrian School Its Origin Its Influence Lithotomy Herophilus Erasistratus Cleombrotus Chrysippos Anatomy Empiricism Serapion of Alexandria

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