This book traces holism in the Hippocratic foundations of western medicine. Holism is a concept that has regained currency in contemporary thought, prompted in large part by the resurgence of complementary medicine. The wise aphorisms of Hippocrated are still quoted but few, even western complementary practitioners appreciate holism's Greek Origions. By comparing the ancient Greek model and practice with that of Ayurvedic medicine in India, the author shows the practical relevance of ancient thought and methods to modern integrated medicine.
Vicki Pitman comes from the United States and first graduated in English. After attaining M.A. in Teaching she began teaching in secondary education. In the 1980's she trained in herbal medicine and body work and entered clinical practice in England. She belongs to the Unified register of Herbal Practitioners (UK) and the American Herblists Guild. She is a tutor and lecturer in herbal medicine, aromatherapy and reflexology and has authored articles in professional journals.