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By Vivian Nutton

The 1st version of old medication was once the main entire exam of the medication of the traditional global for 100 years. the recent variation contains the major discoveries made because the first version, in particular from very important texts chanced on in contemporary unearths of papyri and manuscripts, making it the main accomplished and updated survey to be had. Vivian Nutton will pay specific awareness to the lifestyles and paintings of medical professionals in groups, hyperlinks among drugs and magic, and examines the several techniques to drugs around the historical global. the recent variation comprises extra on Rufus and Galen in addition to augmented details on Babylonia, Hellenistic drugs and past due Antiquity. With lately came across texts made obtainable for the 1st time, and offering new proof, this huge exploration demanding situations at the moment held views, and proves a useful source for college kids of either classics and the background of drugs.

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43 Ancient writers are more informative about what we might term epidemic or widely communicable diseases, but their evidence presents a variety of different problems. 45 This predicted pattern is confirmed by the historical record, for, although one can draw up a long catalogue of outbreaks of plague, these mostly appear to be only local in extent. 47 This impression of largely local plagues may be simply the result of a failure in our sources, which concentrate heavily on Rome and Athens, to record developments on a wider scale.

149 The cure tablets that adorned the walls of healing shrines around the ancient world present a sadly joyful litany of illness overcome; of blindness, paralysis, pains in the stomach and head, damaged limbs, strokes, mental disorders, all of which must have placed an intolerable burden on patients and their families until they were cured. 150 Accounts of miracles of Christian healing continue the traditional picture. 153 With all this, our understanding of the reality of illness in the ancient world, whether at a personal level or as a background to the theory and practice of medicine, must remain partial at best.

145 Hippocratic physicians say relatively little about chronic conditions, although the fact that they regularly talk of ‘acute’ cases implies that they were aware of the distinction, and it is not until the Hellenistic period that we find treatises devoted to long-term illness. 146 At other times, the physician might contemplate a course of treatment lasting months, if not years. 147 On the whole, ancient medicine depended on the recuperative powers of the body and the self-limiting nature of many acute illnesses.

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