Greek Rational Medicine

Philosophy and Medicine from Alcmaeon to the Alexandrians

By James Longrigg

© 1993 – Routledge

308 pages

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Paperback: 9780415861977
pub: 2013-10-31
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pub: 1993-07-01

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About the Book

The ancient Greek medical thinkers were profoundly influenced by Ionian natural philosophy. This philosophy caused them to adopt a radically new attitude towards disease and healing. James Longrigg shows how their rational attitudes ultimately resulted in levels of sophistication largely unsurpassed until the Renaissance. He examines the important relationship between philosophy and medicine in ancient Greece and beyond, and reveals its significance for contemporary western practice and theory.


`It is a well argued book, and will be invaluable to students both of philosophy and of the history of science.' - Greece & Rome

‘An impressive treatment of the very complex relationship between Greek philosophy and medicine over a formidable time range.’ - Electronic Antiquity

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General