Ancient Medicine: Selected Papers of Ludwig Edelstein by Ludwig Edelstein

By Ludwig Edelstein

A vintage research of drugs in antiquity, old drugs brings jointly a lot of Ludwig Edelstein's most crucial paintings on a topic that occupied him all through a special occupation. incorporated is his well known translation of and statement at the Hippocratic Oath, in addition to his different writings at the oath which show how peculiar it really is of Greek scientific suggestion. The e-book additionally explores the impact of empiricism and skepticism on Greek and Roman medication, the perform of anatomy and dietetics in antiquity, and the relation of historical drugs to old philosophy.

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72 He must be a physician of the sou! 73 1 , P· 468, 19 ff. : &ri o! µaros &1á. 1js, rijs ot t/Jvxiis 01á. ijs ; cf. How a ld , op . cit . , p. 203 . 69 That in these instances the prescription of d iet is the correct wa y of trea tmen t follows from t h e alleged ca use o f t h e d iseases, c f . above, p p . 23 f. This is a lso con­ firmed by the fact that dietetics w a s t he principa l trea tment given by the Pythago­ reans, as Aristoxenus says, cf. below , p. 30. The methods outli ned in the Platonic Timaeus, a Pythagorea n dialogue if there is any, are identka l .

Cit. p. rrn. Jl8pw1l"OVS ln other passages the words used are even more reminiscent of the phraseology of the Oath, cf. lamblichus, De Vita Pythagorica, 1 68 : /J"1TE 4ll LKEi11 µ;,TE o11EbEL11 ; ibid. IÍ'lf"TELll 1J"1TE

Most of these appetites they considered as acquired or created by men them­ selves, and therefore they thought human desires were to be watched closely and to be scrutinized severely. As a n atural process they ac­ knowledged only that the body should take in an appropriate amount of food and should be cleansed again appropriately after it had been filled. 62 But unfortunately ali bodily passions have the tendency to increase indefinitely. Of themselves they become " idle, irreverent , harmful and licentious,"63 as one can readily see in those who are in the position to live according to their wishes.

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