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Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria
Edition, Translation and Essays

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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521041782

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  • Herophilus, a contemporary of Euclid, practiced medicine in Alexandria in the third century B.C., and seems to have been the first Western scientist to dissect the human body. He made especially impressive contributions to many branches of anatomy and also developed influential views on many other aspects of medicine. Von Staden assembles the fragmentary evidence concerning one of the more important scientists of ancient Greece. Part 1 of the book presents the Greek and Latin texts accompanied by English translation and interpretative commentary. Significant background information is given in the introductory essay preceding each chapter. Part 2 briefly sketches the major developments within the Herophilean school after Herophilus, and discusses the individual members within it. Anyone interested in the history of science, the history of medicine, or intellectual history will find this book a rich source of information about an unusual and important aspect of Greek culture.

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    "We have been waiting for a long time for an authoritative collection of this ancient material. Now we have more than we could have hoped for....Quite simply, von Staden's Herophilus is one of the finest and richest pieces of classical scholarship to have appeared in many years....Its impact, not only on the study of ancient medicine, but on science and philosophy is only beginning to be felt." J.T. Vallance, Ancient Philosophy

    "One of the highest achievements of 20th Century scholarship in ancient Greek medicine" Paul Potter, University of Western Ontario, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521041782
    • length: 712 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on text, arrangement and translation
    List of abbreviations
    Sigla, editions
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Herophilus:
    2. Life
    3. Writings
    4. The parts of the art of medicine
    5. Theory of method and cause
    6. Anatomy
    7. Physiology and pathology
    8. Regimen and therapeutics
    9. Hippocratic exegesis
    Part II. The Herophileans:
    10. Herophilus and the herophileans
    11. Andreas
    12. Callianax
    13. Callimachus
    14. Bacchius
    15. Zeno
    16. Demetrius of Apamea
    17. Hegetor
    18. Mantias
    19. Dioscurides phacas
    20. Chrysermus
    21. Zeuxis (philalethes?)
    22. Alexander Philalethes
    23. Apollonius Mys
    24. Heraclides of Erythrae
    25. Aristoxenus
    26. Cydias
    27. Gaius
    28. Demosthenes Philalethes
    Index locorom
    Index of Greek words
    General index.

  • Author



    Heinrich von Staden, Yale University, Connecticut

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