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Title: Method of Medicine, Volume I
Contributor(s): Johnston, Ian H (author); Horsley, Gregory H (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The basic aim of the practicing doctor most simply stated is to preserve the health of those who are healthy ('kata phusin' - "in accord with nature," in Galenic terms) and to restore to health those who have departed from it by suffering injury or succumbing to disease ('para phusin' - "contrary to nature"). Thus medicine has both prophylactic and therapeutic components, a point which Galen himself emphasizes in his 'Method of Medicine' ('Methodus medendi'). And it is this 'Method of Medicine' (MM), comprising fourteen separate books and occupying one whole Kuhn volume, that is his systematic and comprehensive account of the therapeutic component. In it he details the principles of treatment of injury and disease following his own classification, illustrated by case reports and punctuated by various theoretical and polemical digressions and social comment. This great work is supplemented by the much shorter 'Method of Medicine for Glaucon' (MMG), while the prophylactic limb is dealt with primarily in his 'On the Preservation of Health'. The MM sits atop the theoretical edifice established by a number of Galen's other works, to which he refers repeatedly throughout his therapeutic magnum opus.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISBN: 9780674996526
Field of Research (FOR): 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 459
Series Name: Loeb Classical Library
Series Number : 516
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