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  Medicine in ancient Greece - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Despite their known respect for Egyptian medicine, attempts to discern any particular influence on Greek practice at this early time have not been dramatically successful because of the lack of sources and the challenge of understanding ancient medical terminology.
Hippocrates, founder of the school at Cos, was also regarded in Antiquity as the founder and developer of the concept of physis, or considering the human being as an organic whole, as he believed that the environment would influence the whole body.
The existence of the Hippocratic Oath implies that this "Hippocratic" medicine was practiced by a group of professional physicians bound (at least among themselves) by a strict ethical code.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Medicine_in_Ancient_Greece   (1056 words)

 Medicine & Surgery in Ancient Rome - Crystalinks
Ancient Roman medicine was a combination of physical techniques using various tools and holistic medicine using rituals and religious belief systems.
Ancient Romans often believed that diseases were brought on by the disfavor of the gods.
Ancient Roman medicine was, surprisingly, incredibly similar to that of the late nineteenth century.
www.crystalinks.com /romemedicine.html   (2086 words)

 Ancient Medicine - Crystalinks
Ancient Medicine or Tradition in Medicine is a treatise in the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of ancient Greek medical texts attributed to Hippocrates and written probably in the late 5th century BCE.
On Ancient Medicine is a rhetorical attack on medicine as it was apparently practiced by many of the author's contemporaries.
A society used to medical marvels of the late 20th century might naturally assume that ancient medicine was a primitive affair.
www.crystalinks.com /ancientmedicine.html   (778 words)

 Sekhmet And The Art of Ancient Egyptian Medicine
The Ancient Kemetic People were probably the first people in the world to have based their knowledge off of careful and astute observations, as well as trial and error.
Although many of Ancient Kemet's physicians were products of their day, and they very much were aware of the power of magic, many a scientific mind was able to discern and observe practical clinical case studies and documented them extensively.
Ancient Kemetic medicine was acknowledged by both Hippocrates and Galan as having contributed in large part to their own information and knowledge.
showcase.netins.net /web/ankh/sekhmetnew.html   (2935 words)

 Ancient Medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As the title suggests, the treatise gives a reconstruction of the development of medicine, assuming that it was an outgrowth of the discovery by ancient people that health could be promoted by the consumption of certain foods prepared properly.
The treatise is a rhetorical attack on medicine as it was apparently practiced by many of the author's contemporaries.
The inclusion of this work in the Hippocratic corpus is surprising, given that it attacks the humor theory underpinning later Hippocratic and Galenic medicine.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ancient_Medicine   (342 words)

 Allayurveda.com : Alternative System of Healing- Ancient Medicine
According to the ancient Chinese system of philosophy, the human body is governed by Chi, which can loosely be translated as the 'Life Force'.
Ancient Greek medicine (circa 450 BC) is synonymous with the name of Hippocrates, who is deemed to be the father of modern medicine.
For the first time in the ancient world medicine was separated from religion, philosophy and superstition.
www.allayurveda.com /alter_ancient.htm   (241 words)

 Ancient Greek Medicine (an Outline)
Medicine was first established in Greece on a rational basis (Passages 1 and ii), even though Asclepios, the god of healing worked side by side with the doctor.
He had a tinge of superstition, but in general his main objective was the conversion of medicine into an exact science, and placed it on a broader basis.
In general Greek Medicine perceived that it was its duty to deal with a person's well-being as a whole.
www.clas.ufl.edu /users/kapparis/GRYT/AncientGreekMedicine.html   (1711 words)

 Alternative Chinese Medicine
Ancient Medicine is also called Alternative Medicine, which includes chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic, and Chinese therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
It was also discovered that the medicinal properties of many herbs required certain other herbs to be present to act as a catalyst.
Western medicine examines and dissects to determine what is not working in the body and attempts to introduce external, often synthetic, chemical compounds to compensate.
home.inreach.com /clj/alternative-medicine.htm   (1112 words)

 nthposition online magazine: Ancient medicine
Professor Vivian Nutton, in his magisterial study that is, apparently, "the first large-scale history of ancient medicine in a single volume for almost 100 years", looks beyond the Hippocratic method and tradition to the other medical practices of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
The history of medicine, Nutton writes, is the history of "men and women striving to come to terms with illness, whether as sufferer or as healer." Hippocrates and the Hippocratics are dealt with fully, but Nutton is keen to bring us the full range of ancient medical thought.
The traditional, heroic account of ancient medicine as the gradual accumulation of skills and knowledge from early Greece to Galen is not abandoned, but balanced.
www.nthposition.com /ancientmedicine.php   (698 words)

 Ancient Medicine - History for Kids!
One of these might be called "doctor medicine," or "scientific medicine," where people try to observe sicknesses and look for logical patterns and figure out how the human body works and from there figure out what treatments might work.
This kind of medicine really started with the Greeks, and the Romans went on with it, and it was very highly developed under the Islamic Empire.
A second kind of medicine might be called "natural cures," or "folk medicine", where less educated and less intellectual people try to cure sicknesses with various herbs like pennyroyal or valerian, such as you find in health food stores today.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/science/medicine/index.htm   (627 words)

 Culture of Iran
Medicinal remedies used as cures were specifically used to treat the symptoms of the disease, and are clearly distinguished from mixes or plants used as offerings to such spirits.
By the time Hippocrates began his scientific medicine in his native city Cos, the city was already the headquarters of the Asclepiadae, a professional association of physicians under the patronage of Asclepius, the god of healing.
Medicine along with other sciences was soon to be forgotten and once again magic, superstition and prayers with rudimentary medicine replaced the brilliant scientific traditions.
www.cultureofiran.com /ancient_medicine.php   (5111 words)

 Ancient Egyptian medicine
Ancient Egyptian medicine was very advanced for its time, and its reputation spread to nearby countries.
Some Ancient Egyptian medicine was, however, rather more dubious: Lizards blood and the excrement of various animals were brewed in many potions for internal illness.
BES was the household god and repelled danger from the family; he watched over newborn children and their mother, and is often depicted carrying a sword, to symbolise his role as a protector.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/ancient_egypt_for_children/83562   (371 words)

 Medicine in Ancient Egypt 1
Medicine in ancient Egypt was but one aspect of an advanced civilization.
Some kind of medicine was already practiced in Egypt in the earliest prehistoric days, (the use of malachite as an eye paint in the Badarian age – around 4000 BC, and the same use of galena in predynastic times).
It is chiefly an internal medicine reference, as well as diseases of the eye, skin, extremities, gynecology and some surgical diseases.
www.arabworldbooks.com /articles8.htm   (1449 words)

 Ancient Egyptian Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The pyramids of ancient Egypt are perhaps one of the most celebrated monuments to the ingenuity and creativity of humanity.
Finally, the ancient Egyptians were mystified by the afterlife, and much of their medical science resided in mummification.
Were it not for the ambition of the respective fathers of different medical traditions, the medicine of our day would not be as it is. This museum will serve as a scholarly tool, as well as a public forum for study and enlightenment of a most important facet of the history of civilizations.
puffin.creighton.edu /museums/greiner/index.htm   (412 words)

The first type of practitioner was the ashipu, in older accounts of Mesopotamian medicine often called a "sorcerer." One of the most important roles of the ashipu was to diagnose the ailment.
Many of the ancient plasters (a mixture of medicinal ingredients applied to a wound often held on by a bandage) seem to have had some helpful benefits.
It was Egyptian medicine that seems to have had the most influence on the later development of medicine, through the medium of the Greeks.
www.indiana.edu /~ancmed/meso.HTM   (2257 words)

 Ancient Medicine: Introduction
To familiarize you with the concepts and methods of ancient medicine in its various forms.
To encourage you to evaluate the effectiveness and motivation of forms of ancient medicine, without using anachronistic value-judgements.
Slides illustrating various aspects of ancient medicine, University of Texas.
www.lamp.ac.uk /noy/Medicine.htm   (712 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.07.74
Anyone working in the real world of medicine where patients appear and death is common, is struck by variations within a class of ailment, by sensations that enable one to heal the sick (odors, touch, vision, occasionally taste, certainly hearing) and how each patient presents his or her own modulation of a standard, textbook description.
Medicine remains an Art, much as some Hippocratics proclaimed, and much as is loudly proclaimed by current medical educators when they institute courses in 'communication skills' for medical students.
Ancient Medicine is a huge quarry, fit for mining and exploitation by those who have the proper equipment.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2005/2005-07-74.html   (3177 words)

 ::Medicine and Ancient Greece::
Ancient Greece, as with Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt, played an important part in medical history.
By 1200 B.C., Ancient Greece was developing in all areas - trade, farming, warfare, sailing, craftsmanship etc. Their knowledge of medicine developed accordingly.
In the ‘Iliad’ by Homer, injured soldiers were treated by doctors and the Greek leader in the tale, Menelaus, was treated for an arrow wound by a doctor-in-arms, Machaon.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /medicine_and_ancient_greece.htm   (365 words)

 Ancient Roman Medicine
An ancient sanctuary was erected to worship her on Palatine Hill.
Dea Salus, whose temple was one of the summits of Quirinalis, was the deity who took the public health under her supervision (Gordon 620-21).
It was found that, much like many ancient traditions of burial sites, many physicians were buried with their tools (Milne 20).
allfreeessays.com /student/Ancient_Roman_Medicine.html   (2033 words)

 Ancient Greek Medicine
The foundation of modern medicine is to be found in the medicine of the ancient Greeks.
Medicines of such virtue and so helpful had the daughter of Zeus, which Polydamna, the wife of Thon, had given her, a woman of Egypt, where earth the grain-giver yields herbs in greatest plenty, many that are healing in the cup, and many baneful.
And it was not until Pasteur in the nineteenth century that the fruits of that inference brought medicine that was superior to that of the ancient Greeks.
www.fjkluth.com /gmed.html   (6671 words)

 Hippocrates: On ancient medicine
But now necessity itself made medicine to be sought out and discovered by men, since the same things when administered to the sick, which agreed with them when in good health, neither did nor do agree with them.
Let us inquire then regarding what is admitted to be Medicine; namely, that which was invented for the sake of the sick, which possesses a name and practitioners, whether it also seeks to accomplish the same objects, and whence it derived its origin.
Wherefore it appears to me necessary to every physician to be skilled in nature, and strive to know, if he would wish to perform his duties, what man is in relation to the articles of food and drink, and to his other occupations, and what are the effects of each of them to every one.
www.art-bin.com /art/ohippo_medicine.html   (3132 words)

 Medicine in Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians apparently knew that the sutures of children and adults are attached to each other by connective tissue and are not fully ossified.
Interestingly, a predominant model of interpretation in the medicine of ancient Egypt understood health as a streaming of the body’s liquids.
In order to comprehend the kind of knowledge of the ancient Egyptians and how it found its way into their art, it is necessary to try to understand the prevelant consciousness and perception in ancient Egypt.
www.ancient-egypt.de /html/medicine_in_ancient_egypt.html   (2082 words)

 Ancient Greek Medicine
Ancient Greek Civilization was at its peak during the 400's BC.
Modern medicine is based on the assumption made by Hippocrates that a well-trained physician can cure illness with knowledge gained from medical writings or experience.
Hippocrates is the most famous person in ancient medicine, and is often called to Father of Medicine.
members.tripod.com /~JFrazz9/med.html   (395 words)

 Ancient medicine|cosmetics formulation
Ancient recipes given here are between one to four hundred years old, and most of them are very rare examples of the remedy formula written in Latin language by famous doctor of that time.
Never forget that the authors of theses ancient medical recipes have different knowledge of human organism and the principles of the diseases than today medical science, in fact, beliefs of the ancient doctors in many diseases and principles of medication, cure and actions of the remedy is completely wrong.
Note that the some of ancient recipes and cosmetics contain poisonous ingredients, for instance salt of heavy metals, which is always marked at explanation.
www.oldpreparation.com   (607 words)

 Ancient Civilizations : Science : Ancient Medicine
It was discovered that the ancient Egyptians were among the first to use certain herbs and drugs as a form of medicine.
Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," was one of the most famous Greek physician.
For the ancient Chinese, much of the knowledge of early Chinese medicine was obtained from the Yellow Emperor's "Nei Ching" (Classic of Internal Medicine), which was previously believed to date from before the year 2000 BC, but is now believed to be from the 2nd century BC.
library.thinkquest.org /C004203/science/science04.htm   (562 words)

 ::Medicine in Ancient Rome::
The Ancient Romans, like the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians, made a huge input into medicine and health, though their input was mainly concerned with public health schemes.
Though the Roman ‘discoveries’ may not have been in the field of pure medicine, poor hygiene by people was a constant source of disease, so any improvement in public health was to have a major impact on society.
It was believed that each head of the household knew enough about herbal cures and medicine to treat illnesses in his household.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /medicine_in_ancient_rome.htm   (1698 words)

 Ancient Greek Medicine - information on MedicineNet.com
Still, modern medicine is riddled with relics of ancient Greek science, from versions of the Oath of Hippocrates that some graduating medical students still utter ("I swear by Apollo, the Physician and Asclepius and Hygeia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses..."), to the techno-jargon that doctors spout.
According to legend, the field of medicine was created by the centaur Chiron after he was wounded by Hercules and needed to heal himself.
She notes that while the ancients also performed medical research, they did so only to confirm what they actually knew, rather than to test an unproven idea as we do today.
www.medicinenet.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50322   (1040 words)

 Ancient Medicine/Medicina Antiqua::Galen:Biography
In addition to summarizing the state of medicine at the height of the Roman Empire, he reports his own important advances in anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics.
Throughout his treatises on knowledge and semantics he is concerned to argue that medicine, understood correctly, can have the same epistemological certainty, linguistic clarity, and intellectual status that philosophy enjoyed.
Likewise his treatises on the language of medicine and his commentaries on Hippocratic texts form part of his project to recover authentic medical knowledge from the accretions of mistaken doctrine.
courses.ed.asu.edu /horan/ced522readings/galen/dreams/galenbio.htm   (883 words)

 Ancient Egypt: Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Not all of Egyptian medicine was based on wishful thinking [8] (moreover we should never disregard the effect faith can have on our health), much was the result of experimentation and observation.
The common cold plagued the ancient Egyptians as it still does us today, and their remedy, the milk of a mother who has given birth to a boy, was probably as effective as anything we have got today [26].
Some head wounds for instance, considered as an ailment not to be treated [20] might just be anointed externally with an unguent forestalling infection or the patient might be tied at his mooring stakes, until the period of his injury passes by [20] in order to prevent him from causing further damage to himself.
nefertiti.iwebland.com /timelines/topics/medicine.htm   (6281 words)

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