Ancient Concepts of the Hippocratic

Papers Presented at the XIIIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, Austin, Texas, August 2008 

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In Ancient Concepts of the Hippocratic, Lesley Dean-Jones and Ralph Rosen have gathered 19 international authorities in ancient medicine to identify commonalities among the treatises of the Hippocratic Corpus which led scholars of antiquity to group them under the single name of Hippocrates. Most recent scholarship has drawn attention to the divergences between individual treatises and groups of treatises, emphasizing the agonistic facet of the ancient medical profession. In contrast, in this volume contributors look to find points of agreement between the writings that go beyond claims of rationality. Topics considered include ontological claims about the discipline of medicine itself, the view of the patient as a perceiving unity, theories on the function of glands and the importance of regimen.
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Biographical Note

Lesley Dean-Jones (Ph.D. 1987) is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at The University of Texas at Austin. She has published in ancient medicine, ancient philosophy and Aristotle’s biology and has particular interests in Greek literature and Women in Antiquity.

Ralph M. Rosen (Ph.D. 1983) is Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities and Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published broadly on ancient Greek literature and culture, with special focus on ancient comedy and Greco-Roman medicine.

Contributors are: Robert Alessi, Véronique Boudon-Millot, Pilar Pérez Cañizares, Elizabeth Craik, Todd Curtis, Lesley Dean-Jones, Paul Demont, R.J. Hankinson, Ann Ellis Hanson, Maithe Hulskamp, Jacques Jouanna, Roberto Lo Presti, Patrick Macfarlane, Joel E. Mann, Leanne McNamara, Eric Nelson, Susan Prince, Amneris Roselli, Ralph M. Rosen, Laurence Totelin, Philip van der Eijk.

Review Quotes

" La collection Studies in Ancient Medicine accueille depuis plusieurs années les actes des sessions successives du Congrès Hippocratique International, lancé pour la première fois en 1972. L’intérêt d’une telle entreprise éditoriale suivie est double : l’ensemble, plutôt conséquent, constitue désormais une somme érudite qui témoigne à la fois de la richesse du domaine et du renouveau que les études hippocratiques ont connu au cours des deux dernières décennies – on pourra plus globalement parler du regain d’intérêt à l’égard des textes médicaux de l’Antiquité ; la récurrence de cette publication contribue à créer et à renforcer une véritable communauté scientifique qui, par l’intermédiaire de telles publications, construit sur le long terme un savoir partagé et vivant." Frédéric Le Blay, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.11.11.

Table of contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Identifying the Hippocratic
Lesley Dean-Jones

Part 1 - Formation of the Hippocratic Corpus
1 On ‘Hippocratic’ and ‘Non-Hippocratic’ Medical Writings
Philip van der Eijk
2 The Hippocratic Aphorisms in Ptolemaic and Roman Times
Ann Ellis Hanson
3 Remarques sur le tableau de la medecine et d’Hippocrate chez Platon
Paul Demont
4 The Treatise Affections in the Context of the Hippocratic Corpus
Pilar Pérez Cañizares
5 The Peripatetic Hippocrates and Other Monists in the Anonymus Londiniensis
Susan Prince
6 Tracking the Hippocratic Woozle: Pseudepigrapha and the Formation of
the Corpus
Eric Nelson

Part 2 - Hippocratic Concepts
7 Is There a ‘Hippocratic’ Response to the Attack on Medicine?
Joel E. Mann
8 Perceiving the Coherence of the Perceiving Body: Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Hippocratic’ View on Sense Perception and Cognition?
Roberto Lo Presti
9 [Hippocrates] On Glands
Elizabeth Craik
10 Regimen in the Hippocratic Corpus: Diaita and Its Problems
Jacques Jouanna
11 Towards a Hippocratic Anthropology: On Ancient Medicine and the Origins of Humans
Ralph M. Rosen
12 On Regimen and the Question of Medical Dreams in the Hippocratic Corpus
Maithe Hulskamp

Part 3 - Hippocratic Topics in Cultural Contexts
13 Teeth in the Hippocratic Corpus
Patrick Macfarlane
14 Hippocratic and Aristophanic Recipes: A Comparative Study
Laurence Totelin
15 Hippocratic and Non-Hippocratic Approaches to Lovesickness
Leanne McNamara

Part 4 - Galen’s Hippocratism
16 ‘According to both Hippocrates and the Truth’: Hippocrates as Witness to the Truth, from Apollonius of Citium to Galen
Amneris Roselli
17 Bodily Features in the Corpus Hippocraticum: On the Classification of Individuals into Groups
Robert Alessi
18 Ce qu’ ‘hippocratique’ (ἱπποκράτειος) veut dire: la reponse de Galien
Véronique Boudon-Millot
19 Author, Argument and Exegesis: A Rhetorical Analysis of Galen’s In Hippocratis de natura hominis commentaria tria
Todd Curtis
20 Galen on Hippocratic Physics
R.J. Hankinson

General Index
Index Locorum

Readership

This book will interest all those interested in the history of medicine in general, the history of western medicine, the history of Greco-Roman medicine, Greco-Arabic medicine and the legacy of such traditions from late antiquity through the early modern period. Students of ancient Greek cultural and intellectual history more broadly will also find much of interest in this book.