1st Edition

An Introduction to the History of Medicine From the Time of the Pharaohs to the End of the XVIIIth Century

By Charles Greene Cumston Copyright 1926
    472 Pages
    by Routledge

    472 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1926, An Introduction to the History of Medicine is a compilation of reliable and essential contributions to the subject of the history of medicine. The book looks at the evolution of medicine from the practices in Ancient Egypt, to the medicine of the 16th century, and examines the work of Hippocrates and Galen. The book also examines the philosophy that began around the practice of medicine, as well as early discussions of ethics. It also looks at early medicine through the lens of religion, covering the practices of medicine in Hindu, Chaldean and Islamic religions. The book provides a broad coverage of early medicine in ancient civilizations, focusing particularly on Ancient Greece, Persia and Rome.


    Introductory Essay, Dr Crookshank


    1. The Evolution of Medicine

    2. Egyptian Medicine

    3. Hindu Medicine. Chaldean and Persian Medicine

    4. The Philosophers

    5. The Hippocratic Oath

    6. Hippocrates, and the Hippocratic Collection

    7. The Direct Successors of Hippocrates: The School of Alexandria. Erasistratus and Herophilus

    8. The School of Empirics. Asclepiades: His Medical System

    9. The Methodic Sect. Themison and Thessalus. The Pneumatic Sect. The Eclectics and Compilers

    10. Soranus. Caelius Aurelianus and His: De Morbis Acutis et Chronicis Libri VIII

    11. Galen

    12. The Practice of Medicine at Rome

    13. Islamic Medicine

    14. The Medical Schools of Salerno and Montpellier. The Arabists

    15. Medicine in the XVIth Century

    16. Physiology, Anatomy, Pathology, Nosology, Therapeutics, and Surgery in the XVIth Century

    17. The Principal Doctrines Governing Medicine in the XVIIth Century

    18. The Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Nosography and Therapeutics of the XVIIth Century

    19. The Doctrine of Irritability, the Brunonian Theory and Naturalism

    20. Organicism and Vitalism

    Conclusion: A Brief Survey of the Evolution of Therapeutic



    Greene Cumston, Charles