An Introduction to the History of Medicine: From the Time of the Pharaohs to the End of the XVIIIth Century, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

An Introduction to the History of Medicine

From the Time of the Pharaohs to the End of the XVIIIth Century, 1st Edition

By Charles Greene Cumston


468 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: History of Medicine

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1926 and 1995, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medicine and history, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the advancement of medicine throughout history from medicine in antiquity to advancements in science during the Victorian period, the set looks at the rise of the medical profession, how medical journals have adapted and contributed to modern medicine, midwifery and surgical practices, whilst also exploring medical history and advancements throughout the world. This set will be of particular interest to academics of history, medicine, sociology and anthropology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General