By Philip J. Van Der Eijk
This choice of papers reports the Hippocratic writings of their courting to the highbrow, social, cultural and literary context during which they have been written. ‘Context’ contains not just the Greek international, but in addition the clinical idea and perform of alternative civilisations within the Mediterranean, similar to Babylonian and Egyptian medication. another focal point are the kin among the Hippocratic writings and ‘non-Hippocratic’ scientific authors of the 5th and fourth century BCE, comparable to Diocles of Carystus, Praxagoras of Cos, in addition to Plato, Aristotle and Theophrastus. the gathering extra contains stories of a few of the fewer recognized works within the Hippocratic Corpus, corresponding to Internal Affections, On the Eye, and Prorrheticon. and at last, a few papers are dedicated to the effect and reception of Hippocratic suggestion in later antiquity and the early smooth interval.
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1, p. 1, p. 20 The archê and the method must focus on the point of view of the lay person,21 in order that an account is given of the craft of medicine: mãlista d° moi dok°ei per‹ taÊthw de›n l°gonta t∞w t°xnhw gnvstå l°gein to›si dhmÒt˙sin. 3 (p. ) And especially, it seems to me that the person giving an account of this craft must give an account of things which are familiar to ordinary people. The archê will be shown to be the perceptible phenomena, accessible to lay people as much as practitioners, since the choice and the success of treatment given in the exercise of the craft of medicine must be able to be evaluated by all.
Cf. 1 (pp. ). 38 jane barton of the idea that accuracy in medicine is rarely obtainable in practice. The medical practitioner is classed as a craftsman, even though he does not deal with exact quantities, assessable on an accurate scale of measurement. The author of VM is aware that his dismissal of exactitude, whilst maintaining the craft-status of medicine has to be justiﬁed, since general lack of accuracy would tend to speak against the operation of a craft: m°tron d¢, oÈd¢ staymÚn, oÈd¢ ériymÚn oÈd°na êllon, prÚw ˘ énaf°rvn e‡s˙ tÚ ékrib¢w, oÈk ín eÍro¤hw êllÉ μ toË s≈matow tØn a‡syhsin: diÚ ¶rgon oÏtv katamaye›n ékrib°vw, Àste smikrå èmartãnein ¶nya μ ¶nya: kín §gΔ toËton tÚn ﬁhtrÚn ﬁsxur«w §pain°oimi tÚn smikrå èmartãnonta.
VM 12; pp. 8 ﬀ. ). The reading of MS. 1 which addresses the question whether anyone can know medicine who does not know ˜ t¤ §stin ênyrvpow (pp. ). : kain∞w A, Jouanna; “a new postulate”. The reading of MS. M here, and of MSS. A and M as set out in n. 7 above, is to be preferred as it is not the novelty of any postulate employed in such theories with which the author disagrees, but that the theory is grounded by postulate(s). See Jouanna note ad loc. 2 (p. ), and, coming at the end of the treatise, it points to the main theory of the work (that air is the fundamental constituent of the world, and so also the primary cause of health and disease).