By Vivian Nutton
The 1st version of historic medication used to be the main entire exam of the drugs of the traditional international for 100 years. the recent variation comprises the most important discoveries made because the first variation, in particular from very important texts stumbled on in fresh unearths of papyri and manuscripts, making it the main complete and up to date survey to be had. Vivian Nutton can pay specific awareness to the existence and paintings of medical professionals in groups, hyperlinks among medication and magic, and examines the several ways to medication around the historic international. the recent variation comprises extra on Rufus and Galen in addition to augmented details on Babylonia, Hellenistic medication and overdue Antiquity. With lately came across texts made available for the 1st time, and supplying new facts, this vast exploration demanding situations at the moment held views, and proves a useful source for college kids of either classics and the heritage of drugs.
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114 Eye diseases are also well represented in ancient art, and were sufficiently common to justify their own specialists. 117 Evidence from Egypt and the pattern of modern eye disease in the Levant suggest that it was not, while the discovery of a variety of surgical instruments alongside several of these oculists’ stamps suggests that eye conditions were not the only ailments treated by these practitioners. 123 The largest group of conditions mentioned in our ancient medical texts is that of fevers, puretoi or febres, a broad term deriving from the feeling of fiery heat.
71 Yet neither discuss the therapeutic consequence of these metaphors, the exclusion, temporary or permanent, of the infected carrier from social contact, for two good reasons. The remedies thought appropriate when dealing with infected animals could be applied only with the greatest of difficulty to humans. 72 This last point may seem paradoxical to those familiar with the sewers and aqueducts of the Roman world, or even the simpler arrangements of earlier Greece, or with the system of publicly hired physicians we shall discuss later.
130 Partly because the disease replicates the symptoms of many other diseases, clear descriptions of lead poisoning are rare. 132 But free-flowing sources of water – taps were rare – would not have been greatly contaminated by lead, and the build-up of other deposits, especially chalk, on lead pipes would have reduced the danger still further. Far more dangerous would have been the boiling down of fruit juice in lead-lined containers to produce sapa, a procedure recommended by many culinary and agricultural writers to give a better flavour.