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Western Medical Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Edited by Mirko D. Grmek

Editorial coordination by Bernardino Fantini

Translated by Antony Shugaar

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674007956

Publication Date: 05/03/2002


496 pages

1 line illustration, 3 tables


Here we have a number of lively and interesting discussions, based on sound methodology, ranging from the time of Hippocrates to the Black Death, dealing with the important subjects of disease, drugs, surgery, and hygiene, the whole accompanied by an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.Virginia Quarterly Review

[The book’s] essays, relating early Western medicine to the surrounding thought and culture, were originally published in Italian. But thanks to translator Anthony Shugaar they retain all their clarity and energy.New Scientist

This book is a compilation of 12 monographs on classical and medieval medicine by 12 experts. Grmek’s editing and especially Shugaar’s translation provide the English-speaking reader with the best in-depth coverage of this field yet provided. Unlike other joint efforts that sometimes lack unity of theme or depth of knowledge, these essays can be read individually to introduce or brush up on a topic, or they can be read as a whole… They are complementary, not competitive.—T. P. Gariepy, Choice

There is no equivalent survey of ancient and medieval medical writing in Europe and the Mediterranean world. The contributors are among the most respected historians in the field.—Katharine Park, Harvard University

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