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5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative analysis of the art of ancient medicine, 15 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Greek and Roman Medicine (Classical World Series) (Paperback)
Dr Helen King portrays the route from ancient medicine to today's technological medicine in short readable chapters with many interesting facts on the origins of terms of diseases and homeopathic treatments. Being a short book, 71 pages, font 10, it is easy to read and enlightening for Classical readers in antiquity on Hippocrates and Galen. However, it is packed full of information on routes to libraries and the papyri such as the Ebers and John Smith as torch lights to dusty shelves and far away reference mediums. Salerno in Southern Italy being mentioned in records of medical libraries, which is now in Naples.
The 'Suggestions for further study' in the back is extremely useful as is the guided bibliography for a pathway for interested medical persons and light readers in the classics and ancient civilisations in medicine. Dr Helen King's personality comes across in this book, and is the first one I have read after spending time at her home and the 'gladiator' whilst hearing her speak and co-ordinate the annual ancient history symposium at Reading University.
This copy is a gift any practising alternative medicine, student or medical person would delight to have in their waiting room or collection. A must for the doctor who has everything or those with an investigative mind in the past. Greek and Roman Medicine are intertwined in a way that is not to in depth and involved. Latin and Greek formations of the terminology such as 'influenza', the term for astrological association of the 'influence' of the stars, and 'retina' -net-like (Latin) are just some of the 'nuggets' in understanding the influence of Greek and Roman anthropology and learning, many have become fact such as poisons used as medicine. Clearly, the past in ancient, renaissance or the scientific revolution has an impact on our bedside manner and explorative nature with tools of a magnification and computer assisted searching. I must add I am only a student and researcher and this was understandeable even to me although my interest in finding and proving medicines of the past is in environmental science degree obtained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greek and Roman Medicine, 31 Dec 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medicine in the classical world. As it was a gift I had a look before I gave it to a Latin student who hopes to study medicine. The Classical World Series has a great number of books and the ones I read are very informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starter book, 9 Nov 2011
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The history of medicine is a fascinating and important area area of study. It is a subject that can cover not only physical but mental and philosophical approaches to the theme. Therefore it is important that if you come to this topic without any great knowledge of ancient medicine, to have a good basic book that gives just the bare bones of a topic.

This book fulfils this need. Albeit a brief history, it covers a fair amount of ground concentrating on Greek medicine and its influence on Roman medical practices. Very readable (no technical jargon) and written in easily digestible chapters, this book leaves you wanting to study this very interesting topic in greater detail. There is a small useful bibliography at the back. Well worth the investment.
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