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Description - Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria by Herophilus

Herophilus, a contemporary of Euclid, practiced medicine in Alexandria in the third century B.C., and seems to have been the first Western scientist to dissect the human body. He made especially impressive contributions to many branches of anatomy and also developed influential views on many other aspects of medicine. Von Staden assembles the fragmentary evidence concerning one of the more important scientists of ancient Greece. Part 1 of the book presents the Greek and Latin texts accompanied by English translation and interpretative commentary. Significant background information is given in the introductory essay preceding each chapter. Part 2 briefly sketches the major developments within the Herophilean school after Herophilus, and discusses the individual members within it. Anyone interested in the history of science, the history of medicine, or intellectual history will find this book a rich source of information about an unusual and important aspect of Greek culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521236461
ISBN-10: 0521236460
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Pages: 712
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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