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Hippocrates, considered for more than two thousand years the father of medicine, came over time to be credited with a life of mythic proportions and an enormous body of work. Hippocrates' pronouncements on health, disease, and prognosis went unchallenged in the Western world until scientific advances in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made many of his ideas obsolete ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published December 14th 1998)
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Having been interested in the 18th century neo-hippocratic physicians at the Montpellier medical school I thought it would be interesting to go back and learn something about Hippocrates. This is the book for doing that. Joanna has written a thorough and readable description of both hippocratic ideas and practices. In the end I was disappointed to learn that "the healing powers of nature" were less important to Hippocrates than to his 18th century disciples. In the meantime I got a much better i ...more