n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Necessity and timeliness in Hippocratic gynaecological treatises

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In the , the gynaecological treatises are similar to Diseases II because of their stylistic characteristics and medical quality. The authors - unlike those of - did not strive to establish individual index cards for each patient with a name, date and place; instead they chose to show certain types of ailments, leaving little room for the doctor's personal testimony. They drew up clinical charts, came up with detailed treatments and conscientiously made a list of all pharmaceutical formulas which could prove beneficial. This acute sense of observation was backed up by doctors who listened attentively to their patients; consequently, these doctors had a profoundly humane approach to their patients.

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