n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Necessity and timeliness in Hippocratic gynaecological treatises
|Article Title||Necessity and timeliness in Hippocratic gynaecological treatises|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||19 - 28|
In the Hippocratic Collection, the gynaecological treatises are similar to Diseases II because of their stylistic characteristics and medical quality. The authors - unlike those of Epidemics - 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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