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Author Thumiger, Chiara, author.

Title A history of the mind and mental health in classical Greek medical thought / Chiara Thumiger
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (viii, 503 pages)
Series Cambridge medicine
Cambridge medicine (Series)
Contents Mental disorder and history : methodological and general issues -- The body perceived -- The vital functions and mental life : sleep, food and drink, sex, death -- Sensory perception and its impairment -- Personality and personal psychology : emotions, character, reasoning
Summary The Hippocratic texts and other contemporary medical sources have often been overlooked in discussions of ancient psychology. They have been considered to be more mechanical and less detailed than poetic and philosophical representations, as well as later medical texts such as those of Galen. This book does justice to these early medical accounts by demonstrating their richness and sophistication, their many connections with other contemporary cultural products and the indebtedness of later medicine to their observations. In addition, it reads these sources not only as archaeological documents but also in the light of methodological discussions that are fundamental to the histories of psychiatry and psychology. As a result of this approach, the book will be important for scholars of these disciplines as well as those of Greek literature and philosophy, strongly advocating the relevance of ancient ideas to modern debates
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Mental illness -- Greece -- History
Psychophysiology -- Greece -- History
Mental Disorders -- history
Psychophysiology -- history
Philosophy, Nursing -- history
Greek World -- history
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Reference.
MEDICAL -- Alternative Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Atlases.
MEDICAL -- Essays.
MEDICAL -- Family & General Practice.
MEDICAL -- Holistic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Osteopathy.
Mental illness
Subject Greece
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316809747