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      Book Review

      Medical Science: Ancient &                                                                           humours of black and yellow bile, phlegm and blood,
                                                                                                           mirroring the so-called four essences of earth, air, water
      Modern                                                                                               and fire. Bloodletting would be prescribed to overcome
                                                                                                           this imbalance; as well as other disabused information
      Robin Lane Fox. The Invention of Medicine, From Homer                                                such as identification of disease as a factor of the season.
      to Hippocrates. New York: Basic Books, 2020.                                                         Perhaps most interestingly, the Hippocratic approach
      David Eagleman. Livewired: The Inside story of the Ever-                                             stressed the proper deportment of the doctor practitioner,
      Changing Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2021.                                                      to cultivate what we still refer to as “bedside manner,”
      “I will apply all regimens for the benefit of the sick                                               advising him to show good manners, be properly scented
      according to my ability and judgment, but if they are                                                and avoid telling jokes, so as to allay the anxieties of
      for harm or injustice, I will obstruct them to the best of                                           the patients, perhaps most relevantly to guard against
      my judgment.” from the Hippocratic Oath (5th century                                                 misuse and abuse of his authority, to avoid evil. The
      B.C.E.)                                                                                              case studies that were undertaken by Hippocrates and his
      “I am a little world made cunningly.” John Donne’s Holy                                              associates were extolled later by Aristotle and the great
      Sonnet V (17th Century)                                                                              physician Galen, and found a basis of medical treatment
                                                         no records of successful treatments.  The notations  for two millennia, as an empirical, fact driven approach
      By Dr. Ronald J. Meyers                            reveal that few lives, if any, were saved. The fallacious
                                                         theory of humours ascribing disease to imbalance of the   Book Review on page 9
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      ethical failures and lapses of men, also a principal point
      of view espoused in the Hebrew Bible. Fox asserts that the                                                      Norbert Graber, R. Ph.
      advancement of medicine was a principal achievement of                                                         and Lynn Graber, R. Ph.
      the Age of Pericles. The “Epidemic” doctors associated
      with the medical profession, named for Asclepius the god
      of medicine, presented case studies which have survived
      until today, and reveal the approach through empirical
      observation and notation. Hippocrates, Fox argues, was
      both a historical individual and a figure of fiction and
      myth like the Biblical Joseph. Thought to have been born
      on  the island  of Coz in 460  B.C., he  travelled among
      the Greek islands mainly Thasos, seeing patients and
      describing their condition with the objective of curing
      them. Fox argues that Hippocrates may well have been
      among other doctor-writers who left a significant record
      of their case studies, as well as wide ranging studies On
      Glands, On Ancient Medicine, On Breaths, and most
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