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The anatomy of ancient Greece

The book is a rewarding read even for people from non-occidental backgrounds

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It’s an original way to examine the ancient Greek ecosystem as it delineates the shift by medical practitioners from attempts at inducing divine interventions to rational scientific analysis.

Devangshu Datta
The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates
Author: Robin Lane Fox
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 402
Price: Rs 699

This is, on its own terms, a fascinating work of scholarship written in a dryly humorous, accessible style. But the title is misleading and most Indian readers would find it a little too narrow and occidental in scope.

The book is not about medicine, or even the evolution of medical theory. The author is a professor of Ancient History at New College, Oxford, and a leading scholar of classical Greek. He writes about the world of the ancient Greeks as mirrored in medical texts, and in the

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First Published: Aug 24 2022 | 12:53 AM IST

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