Epilepsy in the Graeco-Roman world: Hippocratic medicine and Asklepian temple medicine compared

Todman, Donald (2008) Epilepsy in the Graeco-Roman world: Hippocratic medicine and Asklepian temple medicine compared. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 17 4: 435-441. doi:10.1080/09647040701426088


Author Todman, Donald
Title Epilepsy in the Graeco-Roman world: Hippocratic medicine and Asklepian temple medicine compared
Journal name Journal of the History of the Neurosciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-704X
1744-5213
Publication date 2008-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09647040701426088
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 435
End page 441
Total pages 7
Place of publication E Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The rational system of medicine distinct from magical or religious practices originated
with Hippocrates. This revolutionary change established diseases with natural causes
and treatments. Epilepsy with its prominent physical and psychic features was
regarded in ancient times with superstitious awe and given the name “Sacred
Disease.” Hippocratic authors distanced themselves from the prevailing supernatural
views but were careful not to oppose the traditional medicine especially the cults of
Asklepios. This analysis of the practices of Hippocratic and Temple medicine in
relation to epilepsy reveals some clear differences and also some overlapping features.
Keyword Epilepsy history
Hippocratic medicine
Asklepios
Greek rationalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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