Medicine Before Science: The Business of Medicine from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 20, 2003 - History - 289 pages
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This book offers an introduction to the history of university-trained physicians from the middle ages to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. These were the elite, in reputation and rewards, and they were successful. Yet we can form little idea of their clinical effectiveness, and to modern eyes their theory and practice often seems bizarre. But the historical evidence is that they were judged on other criteria, and the argument of this book is that these physicians helped to construct the expectations of society--and met them accordingly.
  

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Contents

Hippocrates and the philosophers
9
Galen
34
THE LATIN TRADITION
57
Medieval schools
59
Scholastic medicine
88
The weakening of the Latin tradition
127
THE CRISIS
155
The crisis of theory
157
Resolutions
185
Enlightenment systems and science
222
Select bibliography
260
Index
270
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