On Medicine, Volume III: Books 7-8 by Harvard University Press CelsusOn Medicine, Volume III: Books 7-8 by Harvard University Press Celsus

On Medicine, Volume III: Books 7-8

byHarvard University Press CelsusTranslated byW. G. Spencer

Hardcover | January 1, 1950

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 170 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


A. Cornelius Celsus was author, probably during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius (14–37 CE), of a general encyclopaedia of agriculture, medicine, military arts, rhetoric, philosophy, and jurisprudence, in that order of subjects. Of all this great work there survives only the 8 books on medicine (De Medicina). Book I: after an excellent survey of Greek schools (Dogmatic, Methodic, Empiric) of medicine come sensible dietetics or health preservation which will always be applicable. Book II: deals with prognosis, diagnosis of symptoms (which he stresses strongly), and general therapeutics. Book III: internal ailments: fevers and general diseases. Book IV: local bodily diseases. Next come two pharmacological books, Book V: treatment by drugs of general diseases; and Book VI: of local diseases. Book VII and Book VIII deal with surgery; these books contain accounts of many operations, including amputation.

Celsus was not a professional doctor of medicine or a surgeon, but a practical layman whose On Medicine, written in a clear and neat style, for lay readers, is partly a result of his medical treatment of his household (slaves included) and partly a presentation of information gained from many Greek authorities. From no other source can we learn so much of the condition of medical science up to his own time.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Celsus is in three volumes.

Title:On Medicine, Volume III: Books 7-8Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.38 × 4.25 × 0.76 inPublished:January 1, 1950Publisher:Harvard University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674993705

ISBN - 13:9780674993709

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

On Medicine

Book VII



List Of Chapter Headings

Parallel Passages In Hippocrates and Celsus

Index Of Proper Names

General Index