Diverse Roots Even Only in the West

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Science  03 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5727, pp. 1414
DOI: 10.1126/science.1113111

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Ancient Medicine. By Vivian Nutton. Routledge, London. 2004. 500 pp. $115, £65. ISBN 0-415-08611-6. Sciences of Antiquity.

In this detailed survey of the course of Western medicine from early Greece to the late Roman Empire, the author uses both archaeological and written records to explore such topics as the training and practices of doctors, the diseases they attempted to treat, their social circumstances, and the connections between medicine and religion.