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Hippocrates | Galen (Great Books of the Western World, #10)

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Great Books of the Western World, Volume 10 of 54

The collection compiles history's greatest written works, from the ancient classics to more recent masterpieces, and contains 517 works from 130 of the most renowned minds throughout history.

Collection ISBN: 0852291639

Nineteenth printing, 1971

Content of this volume:

Hippocratic Writings
*The Oath
*On Ancient Medicine
*On Airs, W
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published 1952 by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
If nothing else, the works of Hippocrates (a semi-legendary figure of the ancient past) and Galen (a slightly less legendary figure) together represent the state of the art of Western medicine as it was from the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans approximately up through the Renaissance, though it's infallibility was becoming questioned even earlier in the middle ages. Summarized, there's a lot to admire about these works. How they understood so much of general medicine, health, and anatomy d ...more
Dylan Katthagen
Though quite lengthy, complex, and medically outdated, it was truly a blessing to spend some time in the writings of Hippocrates (400 B.C.) and Galen (A.D. 130-200) - "the fathers of medicine". The knowledge that these men display, especially without modern technology, is truly profound. I particularly enjoyed Hippocrates' list of "Aphorisms" and his argument that the gods are not the source behind "polluting" human beings with diseases. Instead, one must turn their frustrations to the elements ...more
Joshua Dew
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I could probably have gotten by reading an abridged version of Hippocrates; page after page of Warm, Cold, Moist, Dry humors, bile, etc. There was a bit of interesting philosophy peppered in and some chiropractic/bio-mechanical advice that's still relevant today. Galen is a sassy bitch, constantly shitting on poor Erasistratus and others. His approach to medicine is definitely more empirical, though obviously still ignorant of much of the workings the body. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Providing comments on what these two got wrong and what later developed would be helpful. I tired of reading about humors, hot/cold temperatures, various states of water, wind directions, etc after 20 pages. Good information to keep around to remind us to not follow misguided instructions for a millennium or more. There may be a nugget or two of worthwhile information in this book, but I am unwilling to continue. Look elsewhere for medical histories.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: great-books, medicine
This volume of the Great Books series is relatively light in Great Ideas. The books are concerned almost entirely with the details of medical techniques and theory. This volume will be of interest mainly to the student of the history of medicine.
Jeff Ragan
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Keeping in mind that the writing style of the 5th Century BC was very early in the development of writing (you can read that to mean "a laborious read"), I was impressed by several things. First, Hippocrates must have worked around the clock. He observed so many different patients with so many different ailments, he must have just had them stacked up outside his office. His breadth of knowledge is truly impressive.

Secondly, I was impressed with his creativity. The manner and extent that he would
Elijah Christopher
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm going into Medicine, and I've had a great interest in it ever since I learned to read. Reading the collected works of the Father of Medicine was definitely insightful and gave me a perspective about Hippocrates himself. A philosopher and physician of which we know little about, compared to philosophers such as Plato and Socrates. The heart of Medicine as an Art is illustrated beautifully across this book, and although modern medical standards are obviously founded upon modern and constantly ...more
William Crosby
Book 10 of the Great Books series: Hippocrates/Galen.
Assorted information on medicine and health and the body.
James Violand
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medical students, doctors
Shelves: own
Just how far back to certain remedies go? Very far. These were the first medical experts who obtained their knowledge through observation. Some procedures are stunning by their antiquities.
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Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, and was considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of medicine. This intellectual school revolutionize ...more

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