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Hippocrates

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Hippocrates by Jacques Jouanna
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Hippocrates, considered for more than 2000 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 19th and 20th centuries made many of his ideas obsolete, and yet medical students in the United States and Europe still recite the Hippocratic oath upon completion of their studies. In view of Hippocrates' exceptional importance in the history of medicine, it may seem surprising that our knowledge of this 5th-century BC Greek physician should be so incomplete. Jacques Jouanna contends that a great deal can be concluded about the life and works of Hippocrates. "Hippocrates" reveals a man who was not only the greatest of the ancient physicians but also a philosopher of unrecognized ability and consequence who influenced both Plato and Aristotle; a historian who was the equal of Herodotus and Thucydides as a writer and superior to them in his powers of observation and analysis; and a master of tragical narrative who bears comparison with Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Now that Hippocrates has at last emerged from the hagiographic mists of Byzantium and medieval Europe, the justice of his reputation as one of the greatest figures of antiquity can be more fully appreciated.

Author Biography

Jacques Jouanna is professor of Greek literature and civilization at the Sorbonne (University of Paris-IV).
Release date NZ
February 23rd, 2001
Contributor
Translated by M. B. DeBevoise
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
12, 12 black & white illustrations
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Interest Age
From 17
Pages
536
Dimensions
152x229x31
ISBN-13
9780801868184
Product ID
1822033

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