W. V. Harris (D.Phil. Oxford) is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the editor of Mental Disorders in the Classical World (Brill, 2013); his new book, Roman Power, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
Contributors are Isabella Andorlini, Rebecca Flemming, Danielle Gourevitch, W. V. Harris, Catherine Hezser, Ido Israelowich, Julie Laskaris, David Leith, Vivian Nutton, Olympia Panagiotidou, Chiara Thumiger, Laurence Totelin and Caroline Wazer.
Teachers and graduate students of Classical cultures, especially those interested in Social History, plus historians of medicine, pharmacology and religion; academic libraries.
"The editor as well as Caroline Wazer are to be congratulated on making an important point regarding the evidence, and models, for studying ancient medicine. (...) In sum the volume makes a cogent case for further explorations in the emerging field of popular medicine in the classical world, and for entrusting such studies not only to professional historians of “learned” medicine, but also to experts in other bodies of evidence, and other methods, including especially social historians like W. V. Harris himself."
Kai Brodersen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.09.25
Table of contents
List of Figures
Notes on the Contributors
1 Popular Medicine in the Classical World
2 Pharmakopōlai: A Re-Evaluation of the Sources
Laurence M.V. Totelin
3 Asclepius: A Divine Doctor, A Popular Healer
4 Anatomical Votives: Popular Medicine in Republican Italy?
5 Between Public Health and Popular Medicine: Senatorial and Popular Responses to Epidemic Disease in the Roman Republic
6 Metals in Medicine: From Telephus to Galen
7 Crossing the Borders Between Egyptian and Greek Medical Practice
8 Representations of the Physician in Jewish Literature from Hellenistic and Roman Times
9 Fear, Hope and the Definition of Hippocratic Medicine
10 Medical Care in the Roman Army during the High Empire
11 How Popular Were the Medical Sects?
12 Popular Medicines and Practices in Galen
13 Folk Medicine in the Galenic Corpus