Hippocrates to Harrison : Hippocrates Coi medici


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Hippocratis coi medici vetustissimi, et omnium aliorum principis, libri omnes, ad vetustos codices summon studio collate & restaurati.
Basileae : Froben, 1538.

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The invention of printing brought possession of copies of the works of ancient medical writers within reach of many practising doctors and this exposed them to unprecedented scrutiny. Traditionalists sought better insight into their authority through new translations from Greek or Arabic manuscript sources into Latin, which was more widely understood, and even into the vernacular languages of Europe. The leading academic doctors of the day offered commentaries as well as translations of the classic works which were still in use as mainstream texts, at least in the universities. Thomas Sydenham in 17th century London and Herman Boerhaave in 18th century Leiden modelled their writings on Hippocrates' Aphorisms.

Dr Tulp, familiar to us from Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson", is on the list of editors of this splendid two volume version of the Works of Hippocrates. It is slightly ironic that the bookplate of Charles Badham is pasted inside the front cover when, as Professor of Classics and Principal of the University, he was at best lukewarm in his support of the establishment of the Medical School.

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