A History of Medicine: Early Greek, Hindu, and Persian Medicine

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Oxford University Press, 1987 - History - 352 pages
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Volume II details the development of medicine among the early Indo-European peoples--Greeks, Indians, and Persians. The Indo-Europeans were the first to use empirical knowledge to develop philosophical systems of medicine which looked beyond the sick man for universal laws. This volumeexamines the Greek rational systems which are the foundations of modern science, and the similar Near Eastern approaches, which had an additional mystic component better suited for handling mental and spiritual problems.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Setting
11
Asclepius and His Cult
44
PreSocratic Philosophers and Early Medical Schools
84
The Setting
121
Early Indus Civilization
137
Vedic Medicine
148
Indian Philosophies and Early Medical Schools
168
Ancient Persia
197
INDEX
337
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Henry E. Sigerist is at Johns Hopkins University.