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Hippocrates Now: The 'Father of Medicine' in the Internet Age

King, Helen (2019). Hippocrates Now: The 'Father of Medicine' in the Internet Age. Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception. London: Bloomsbury.

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We need to talk about Hippocrates. Current scholarship attributes none of the works of the 'Hippocratic corpus' to him, and the ancient biographical traditions of his life are not only late, but also written for their own promotional purposes. Yet Hippocrates features powerfully in our assumptions about ancient medicine, and our beliefs about what medicine – and the physician himself – should be. In both orthodox and alternative medicine, he continues to be a model to be emulated.

This book will challenge widespread assumptions about Hippocrates (and, in the process, about the history of medicine in ancient Greece and beyond) and will also explore the creation of modern myths about the ancient world. Why do we continue to use Hippocrates, and how are new myths constructed around his name? How do news stories and the internet contribute to our picture of him? And what can this tell us about wider popular engagements with the classical world today, in memes, 'quotes' and online?

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 1-350-00589-4, 978-1-350-00589-1
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Hippocates ElectricNot SetThe Open University
Keywords: Internet; Classics; History of Medicine
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Digital Humanities at the Open University (DH_OU)
Item ID: 59833
Depositing User: Helen King
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 12:52
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:55
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