By Ludwig Edelstein
A vintage research of drugs in antiquity, historic drugs brings jointly a lot of Ludwig Edelstein's most crucial paintings on a topic that occupied him all through a exotic profession. integrated is his well known translation of and statement at the Hippocratic Oath, in addition to his different writings at the oath which show how ordinary it truly is of Greek clinical idea. The ebook additionally explores the effect of empiricism and skepticism on Greek and Roman medication, the perform of anatomy and dietetics in antiquity, and the relation of historical medication to historic philosophy.
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Cit , p. 130. For puri fication rites in regard t o the knife that is used i n bloody sacrifices, cf. Ber nays, op. cit . , p. 9 1 . :'lõote that Aristoxenus, according to whom su rgery, though valued least, was nevertheless practiced by the Pythagoreans, denies that they offered only bloodless gifts to the gods ; cf. above, n. 9 7 . , . 32 TH E HIPPOCRATIC OATH plausibility at all. The rules given in regard to surgery no less than those concerning dietetics and pharmacology are Py thagorean in character.
L. Edelstein, Die A ntike, VI I , 1 93 1 , pp. 255 ff . ]. 66 A late Pythagorea n poem still defines the right measure to be applied i n mat ters concerning health, the µÉTpov, as B - µft u' ávnju&, that wh ich will not harm you ( Carmen A ureum, 1. 34) ; for the date of this poem, cf. below , n 1 1 0. 67 Cf. ÀEL rijv À•TÓ"1Ta. v ilµa. L T à. Ta.. rov . . Tà. wv TÀij8os (p. 475 , 1 8- 1 9 [Diels- Kranz]) . A similar view is a scribed to Pythagoras himself by Apollonius, cf. l a mblichus, De Vila Pythagorica, 2 1 8 ; cf.
29. 82 But such an interpretation can hardly be correct. "83 The author of the Oath in other instan ces d oes not shrink from forbidd ing uncond itionally what is held immoral or objectionable : when prohibiting the use of poison and of abortive remed ies he d oes not say that the ap plication of these drugs should be lef t to somebody else. 85 Such an explanation again leads into great difficulties. To be sure, specialization in certain operations or diseases of certain organs was known in antiquity.
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