This volume provides new information on a brilliant but not well known period of the history of surgery. It uses as its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently known documentation: Greek literary papyri (from I B.C. to A.D. VII), which often are unique witnesses to lost medical works, bearing testimony to original theories, practices and vocabulary.
The first part of the book provides an introduction to ancient surgery, to Greco-Roman Egypt and to the Greek medical papyri. The second part presents the critical edition with French translation and commentaries of seven surgical papyri and a chapter on other medical papyri with some information about surgery.
Marie-Hélène Marganne, Ph.D. (1983) in Classics, University of Liège, studied History of Medicine at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IVe Section, Paris, and now works on the Catalogue of Greek and Latin Papyri (M-P3) at the Centre de Documentation de Papyrologie Littéraire of the University of Liège. She has published extensively on medical papyri and history of ancient medicine, including the
Inventaire analytique des papyrus grecs de médecine (Genève, 1981) and
L'ophtalmologie dans l'Egypte gréco-romaine d'après les papyrus littéraires grecs (Brill, 1994).
Das Werk ist für Philologen, Papyrologen, Orientalisten, Ägyptologen und Medizinhistoriker in gleicher Weise von Nutzen.'
Archiv für Papyrusforschung, 1999.
Clearly written, stimulating and packed with information and references, the book is a real joy to read.'
Medical History, 2000.
…une lecture qui reste agréable et facile. A Recommander!'
Classical philologists, papyrologists, egyptologists, historians of medicine and surgeons interested in the history of their discipline.