Medical Theory in the Ancient World Essay

Medical Theory in the Ancient World
A look at medical theory and its development in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.
# 25448 | 1,850 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | GB
Published on Mar 29, 2003 in History (Greek and Roman) , Sociology (Welfare) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper looks at the Greek philosophical approach to medicine, the influence Greek medicine and doctors had on the Romans and how medicine and attitudes towards medicine evolved in the Roman world with respect to the relationship between doctor and patient. It discusses the famous influential doctors or medicine men of the time such as Hippocrates and examines the medical knowledge, equipment and training that was available at the time.

From the Paper:

"Professional ethics were seen as very important and were much more standard and accepted than many treatment practices which could be controversial and disagreed with. Gaining the trust of patients and the general public was seen as vital and doctors were quick to announce the hopelessness of a case if they felt they might not be able to save a patient. Accusations of murder against doctors by angry family members were common and clearly would do medical reputations and careers any good. Doctors would try to portray themselves in certain lights. Presentation was important and a confident doctor with the appearance of success would persuade patient and family of his abilities."

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