A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and by J.C. McKeown

By J.C. McKeown

There are few disciplines as fascinating and forward-looking as medication. regrettably, notwithstanding, many smooth practitioners have overpassed the origins in their self-discipline. A cupboard of historical scientific Curiosities aspires to therapy this lapse through taking readers again to the early days of Western drugs in historic Greece and Rome. Quoting the particular phrases of old authors, frequently from texts that have by no means ahead of been translated into English, J. C. McKeown deals a desirable glimpse on the origins of surgical procedure, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, nutrition and foodstuff, and plenty of different fields of medication.

This e-book good points thousands of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with mild counsel from McKeown, giving a vividly direct photo of the traditional scientific international, an international during which, for instance, a health professional needed to be strong-minded adequate to disregard the screams of his sufferer, illnesses have been assumed to be despatched by means of the gods, drugs and magic have been usually indistinguishable, and no skills have been required earlier than surroundings oneself up as a physician. however, McKeown finds that a few old clinical attitudes have been additionally unusually just like our personal. past the perform of drugs, McKeown highlights historical perspectives on frequent themes, akin to clinical ethics and the function of the health care provider in society. a desirable exploration of the unusual - and occasionally gruesome - clinical ideals of the prior, A cupboard of historic scientific Curiosities will pride someone with an curiosity within the background of drugs or the traditional world.

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D. The practice of making such offerings continued long after Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire. 1). 98). Cut the foot off a live hare and remove the fur from its belly, then let the hare go free. Make a strong thread out of the fur, and use it to tie the foot to the sick person’s body. This produces a marvelous cure. 35). 12 12 A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities Motas vaeta daries dardares astataries dissunapiter and huat hauat huat ista pista sista dannabo dannaustra and huat haut haut istasis tarsis ardannabou dannaustra are incantations approved by the elder Cato for use in treating dislocations and fractures (On Agriculture 160).

People born when Mars and Saturn are in opposition to each other have a tendency to vomit blood. As for those born when Mars is in opposition to the Moon while he is in Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, or Cancer, he will cause them to suffer from impetigo, jaundice, and leprosy. 11). This is a small part of a long catalogue of physical and mental problems that can be predicted by astrologers. In contrast to their modern colleagues, astrologers in antiquity felt no compunction to accentuate the positive.

She should insert them into her genitalia to soak them. 320). As with so many other practices, whether or not they involved magic, it is hard to see how anyone could have hit on these specific details. Why frogs? Why vetch seeds? Why menstrual blood? Why birth control? We might perhaps also wonder how anyone has ever managed to get a frog to swallow anything. 78). There are charms to drive away hailstorms and to cure various kinds of diseases and to soothe burns, but I am very hesitant to mention them, given that opinions about such measures are so divided.

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