Neurological Concepts in Ancient Greek Medicine

Hardcover | February 11, 2016

byThomas M. Walshe

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Neurological history claims its earliest origins in the 17th century with Thomas Willis's publication of Anatomy of the Brain, coming fully into fruition as a field in the late 1850s as medical technology and advancements allowed for in depth study of the brain. However, many of thefoundations in neurology can find the seed of their beginning to a time much earlier than that, to ancient Greece in fact. Neurological Concepts in Ancient Greek Medicine is a collection of essays exploring neurological ideas between the Archaic and Hellenistic eras. These essays also providehistoric, intellectual, and cultural context to ancient Greek medical practice and emphasizing the interest in the brain of the early physicians. This book describes source material that is over 2,500 years old and reveals the observational skills of ancient physicians. It provides complete translations of two historic Hippocratic texts: On the Sacred Diseases and On the Wounds of the Head. The book also discusses the Hippocratic Oath and themodern applications of its meaning. Dr. Walshe connects this ancient history, usually buried in medical histories, and shows the ancient Greek notions that are the precursors of our understanding of the brain and nervous system.

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Neurological history claims its earliest origins in the 17th century with Thomas Willis's publication of Anatomy of the Brain, coming fully into fruition as a field in the late 1850s as medical technology and advancements allowed for in depth study of the brain. However, many of thefoundations in neurology can find the seed of their be...

Dr. Walshe has been practicing Neurology for almost 40 years. He went to medical school at the University of Virginia and was a medical resident at Baylor in Houston. He studied neurology taught by Raymond Adams and C Miller Fisher and completed his residency in their program. He has been at the Brigham and Women's Hospital full time s...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190218568

ISBN - 13:9780190218560

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Martin A. Samuels: ForewordPreface1. Neurologic Concepts in the Homeric Epics2. Hippocrates and the Corpus Hippocraticum3. A Neurology Text Before there was Neurology4. On the Sacred Disease5. Surgical Texts and Diagnosis Guides6. Wounds of the Head7. Hippocratic Medicine and Neurologic Conditions8. Ancient Greek Ideas of Cognition9. The Separation of the Nerves from Other Fibers10. The Hellenistic Pursuit of Neuroanatomy11. The Hippocratic Oath and a Modern Digression