Hippocratic Recipes: Oral and Written Transmission of Pharmacological Knowledge in Fifth- And Fourth-Century Greece

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Laurence M. V. Totelin
BRILL, 2009 - Science - 366 pages
"Hippocratic Recipes" is the first extended study of the pharmacological recipes included in the Hippocratic Corpus. The recipes, found mostly in the gynaecological and nosological treatises, are here examined both from a philological and a sociocultural point of view. Drawing on studies in the fields of classics, social history of medicine, and anthropology, this book offers new insights into the production and use of pharmacological knowledge in the classical world. In particular, it assesses the deep interactions between oral and written traditions in the transmission of this knowledge. Recipes are addressed as texts, but the existence of a ~missing linksa (TM) in the written tradition are acknowledged.
 

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Contents

Introduction Under the spell of the pharmakon
1
Chapter One Oral transmission of medical knowledge and written recipes
21
Chapter Two The history of the written catalogues of recipes
67
Chapter Three Hippocratic recipes between home remedies and Haute Médecine
111
The use of exotic and luxury ingredients in the Hippocratic catalogues of recipes
141
The symbolism attached to some ingredients of the Hippocratic gynaecological recipes
197
Chapter Six Reading studying and using the Hippocratic Catalogues of recipes
225
Chapter Seven The afterlife of Hippocratic recipes
259
Conclusions The fluidity of pharmacological knowledge
297
Bibliography
303
General Index
327
Index of Passages Cited
343
Index of Ingredients
353
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Laurence M.V. Totelin , Ph.D. (2006) in History of Medicine, University College London, is Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She has published articles on pharmacology in the Greek and Roman worlds.

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