Dreams, Healing, and Medicine in Greece: From Antiquity to by Steven M. Oberhelman

By Steven M. Oberhelman

This quantity facilities on desires in Greek medication from the fifth-century B.C.E. Hippocratic routine all the way down to the trendy period. medication is right here outlined in a much wider feel than simply formal clinical praxis, and contains non-formal scientific therapeutic tools reminiscent of folks pharmacopeia, faith, 'magical' tools (e.g., amulets, exorcisms, and spells), and residential treatments. This quantity examines how in Greek tradition goals have performed a vital part in formal and non-formal technique of healing.The papers are equipped into 3 significant diachronic classes. the 1st staff specializes in the classical Greek via overdue Roman Greek classes. issues contain desires within the Hippocratic corpus; the cult of the god Asclepius and its therapeutic facilities, with their incubation and miracle dream-cures; goals within the writings of Galen and different clinical writers of the Roman Empire; and scientific desires in renowned oneirocritic texts, specially the second-century C.E. dreambook by way of Artemidorus of Daldis, the main famous specialist dream interpreter of antiquity. the second one team of papers seems to be to the Christian Byzantine period, whilst dream incubation and dream healings have been practised at church buildings and shrines, performed through residing and useless saints. additionally mentioned are desires as a scientific instrument utilized by physicians of their sanatorium praxis and within the useful scientific texts (iatrosophia) that they and laypeople consulted for the therapeutic of illness. the ultimate papers take care of goals and therapeutic in Greece from the Turkish interval of Greece all the way down to the present day within the Greek islands. The concluding bankruptcy brings the ebook an entire circle by means of discussing how smooth psychotherapists and psychologists use Ascelpian dream-rituals on pilgrimages to Greece.

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124, 17–19 Joly and Byl; vol. 6, p. 470 Littré; E. ), Hippocrate, Oeuvres complètes (10 vols, Paris 1839–1861)]). In light of this realization, the author is proud to present a solution: he boldly states that he has discovered a way to tailor patients’ regimens exactly to their needs and, what is more, that he has discovered a way to predict illness: ἐμοὶ δὲ ταῦτα ἐξεύρηται, καὶ πρὸ τοῦ κάμνειν τὸν ἄνθρωπον ἀπὸ τῆς ὑπερβολῆς, ἐφ’ ὁπότερον ἂν γένηται, προδιάγνωσις. Οὐ γὰρ εὐθέως αἱ νοῦσαι τοῖσιν ἀνθρώποισιν ἐπιγίνονται, ἀλλὰ κατὰ μικρὸν συλλεγόμεναι ἀθρόως ἐκφαίνονται.

129; J. -D. Fischer, D. Nickel, and P. Potter (eds), Text and Translation (Leiden, 1998), pp. M. Holowchak, “Interpreting Dreams for Corrective Regimen: Diagnostic Dreams in Greco-Roman Medicine,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 56 (2001): pp. 382–99, at p. 388 note 15; van der Eijk, “Divination, Prognosis and Prophylaxis,” pp. 193–4. 5 Van der Eijk, “Divination, Prognosis and Prophylaxis,” pp. 189–90. Cf. also Palm, “Studien,” pp. 99–124; Joly, Recherches, pp. 183–203; Joly and Byl, Hippocrate: Du Régime, pp.

172–9 and Hippocrate: Du Régime (Paris, 1967), p. xxii; R. Joly and S. 2, 4 (Berlin, 1984), pp. 20–22; Oberhelman, “Dreams in Graeco-Roman Medicine,” p. 129; J. -D. Fischer, D. Nickel, and P. Potter (eds), Text and Translation (Leiden, 1998), pp. M. Holowchak, “Interpreting Dreams for Corrective Regimen: Diagnostic Dreams in Greco-Roman Medicine,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 56 (2001): pp. 382–99, at p. 388 note 15; van der Eijk, “Divination, Prognosis and Prophylaxis,” pp.

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