Patients And Healers In The High Roman Empire by Ido IsraelowichPatients And Healers In The High Roman Empire by Ido Israelowich

Patients And Healers In The High Roman Empire

byIdo Israelowich

Hardcover | January 23, 2015

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Patients and Healers in the High Roman Empire offers a fascinating holistic look at the practice of ancient Roman medicine. Ido Irsaelowich presents three richly detailed case studies—one focusing on the home and reproduction; another on the army; the last on medical tourism—from the point of view of those on both sides of the patient-healer divide. He explains in depth how people in the classical world became aware of their ailments, what they believed caused particular illnesses, and why they turned to certain healers—root cutters, gymnastic trainers, dream interpreters, pharmacologists, and priests—or sought medical care in specific places such as temples, bath houses, and city centers.

The book brings to life the complex behavior and social status of all the actors involved in the medical marketplace. It also sheds new light on classical theories about sickness, the measures Romans undertook to tackle disease and improve public health, and personal expectations for and evaluations of various treatments.

Ultimately, Israelowich concludes that this clamoring multitude of coexisting forms of health care actually shared a common language. Drawing on a diverse range of sources—including patient testimonies; the writings of physicians, historians, and poets; and official publications of the Roman state— Patients and Healers in the High Roman Empire is a groundbreaking history of the culture of classical medicine.

Ido Israelowich is a senior lecturer in classics at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Society, Medicine, and Religion in the Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides.
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Title:Patients And Healers In The High Roman EmpireFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.76 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:January 23, 2015Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:142141628X

ISBN - 13:9781421416281

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Israelowich's book best succeeds in clearly and methodically drawing out the structure of a medical world in which many of the basic tenets of medicine were still being debated, and in including in his discussion all of the healing institutions that functioned together in the Roman world, be they religious, traditional, or philosophical.