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Hippocratic corpus

Totelin, Laurence ORCID: 2021. Hippocratic corpus. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.8525)

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The Hippocratic Corpus is a collection of around sixty medical texts, the majority of which were written in the fifth and fourth century BCE. While they are attributed to the physician Hippocrates of Cos, their authenticity has been debated since antiquity. The Hippocratic texts are varied in style and in content, and sometimes present contradictory views. As a result, it is difficult to give a strict definition of what constitutes Hippocratic medicine. Broadly, it is a techne, in which dietetics and prognostication play important roles, and in which diseases are considered to have natural causes.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:14

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