Hippocrates and Medical Education

Selected Papers Presented at the XIIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, Universiteit Leiden, 24-26 August 2005 


The collection of writings known as the Corpus Hippocraticum played a decisive role in medical education for more than twenty-four centuries. This is the first full-length volume on medical education in Graeco-Roman antiquity since Kudlien’s seminal article of 1970. Most of the articles in this volume were originally presented as papers at the XIIth International Colloquium Hippocraticum in Leiden in 2005.

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Biographical Note

Manfred (H.F.J.) Horstmanshoff is Professor of the History of Ancient Medicine at Leiden University. In 2000-2001 and in 2008-2009 he was Fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).

Review Quotes

This book is an excellent source of information, from surveys of medical training and education programs, to specific analysis of certain treatises. While most helpful to a scholar of ancient medicine, the later chapters dealing with Hippocratic reception may find a wider audience in scholars of the history of medicine in general. The bibliography is extensive and in all relevant languages.
Nicole Wilson, University of Calgary in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.07.28

Table of contents

Bibliographical note
List of Contributors

Hippocrates as Galen’s Teacher
Jacques Jouanna


Textual Therapy. On the relationship between medicine and grammar in Galen
Ineke Sluiter

Physician. A Metapaedogogical Text
Lesley Dean-Jones

Training Showmanship. Rhetoric in Greek medical education of the fifth and fourth centuries BC
Pankaj K. Agarwalla

The Importance of Having Medical Knowledge as a Layman. The Hippocratic treatise Affections in the context of the Hippocratic Corpus
Pilar Pérez Cañizares

Educating the Public, Defending the Art: Language use and medical education in Hippocrates’ The Art
Adriaan Rademaker


Research Program and Teaching Led by the Master in Hippocrates’ Epidemics 2, 4 and 6
Robert Alessi

The Physician as Teacher. Epistemic function, cognitive function and the incommensurability of errors
Roberto Lo Presti

‘Choose your master well’. Medical training, testimonies and claims to authority
Natacha Massar

Doctors’ Literacy and Papyri of Medical Content
Ann Ellis Hanson

The Curriculum of Studies in the Roman Empire and the Cultural Role of Physicians
Gabriele Marasco


The Teaching of Surgery
Elizabeth Craik

Teaching Surgery in Late Byzantine Alexandria
John Scarborough

The Educated Midwife in the Roman Empire. An example of differential equations
Christian Laes

Teaching the Hippocratic Gynaecological Recipes?
Laurence M.V. Totelin

Analogical Method, Experiment and Didacticism in the Hippocratic Treatises Generation / Nature of the Child / Diseases 4
Daniela Fausti


Galen, Satire and the Compulsion to Instruct
Ralph M. Rosen

Hippocrates in the pseudo-Galenic Introduction: Or how was medicine taught in Roman times?
Caroline Petit

Some Remarks by Galen about the Teaching and Studying of Medicine
Juan Antonio López Férez

The Didactic Letters Prefacing Marcellus’ On Drugs as Evidence for the Expertise and Reputation of Doctors in the Late Roman Empire
Louise Cilliers

Medical Education in Late Antiquity. From Alexandria to Montpellier
Peter E. Pormann

‘Because my son does not read Latin’. Rhetoric, competition and education in Middle Dutch surgical handbooks
Karine van ’t Land

Andrés Piquer and the Neo-Hippocratic Teaching of Medicine in Eighteenth Century Spain
Jesús Angel y Espinós

Tradition as the Genealogy of Truth. Hippocrates and Boerhaave between assimilation, variation and deviation
Roberto Lo Presti

List of abbreviations and titles of the Hippocratic Corpus and Galen
Index locorum
Index generalis


All those interested in ancient medicine

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