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Sensing the patient in ancient medicine

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Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology, Room G.19

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Without the technological armoury available to modern medicine, ancient physicians used all their senses in attempting to discover what was wrong with those who came to consult them. One well-known text ascribed to the founding father of learned Greek medicine, Hippocrates, opens by listing, 'Sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste and understanding', as vital tools in examining the patient, for assessing and evaluating their condition. Sight and touch -visually scrutinising all the sick person's signs and taking their pulse- were the most developed forms of ancient medical sensing, but in this talk, Dr Rebecca Flemming will explore the ways all the senses were put to work in Greek and Roman medicine.

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CB3 9DA

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