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    J.C. McKeown.
    Summary: "There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have lost sight of the origins of their discipline. A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities aspires to cure this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. Quoting the actual words of ancient authors, often from texts which have never before been translated into English, J. C. McKeown offers a fascinating glimpse at the origins of surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, diet and nutrition, and many other fields of medicine. This book features hundreds of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with gentle guidance from McKeown, giving a vividly direct picture of the ancient medical world, a world in which, for example, a surgeon had to be strong-minded enough to ignore the screams of his patient, diseases were assumed to be sent by the gods, medicine and magic were often indistinguishable, and no qualifications were required before setting oneself up as a doctor." -- Provided by publisher.

    Contents:
    Medicine, religion, and magic
    The doctor in society
    Attitudes to doctors
    Some famous doctors
    Anatomy
    Sex matters
    Women and children
    Preventative medicine
    Prognosis and diagnosis
    Particular ailments and conditions
    Treatment and cures I
    Treatment and cures II
    General medicine
    Respice finem.
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