Mental Illness in Post-Hippocratic Medicine (1st – 7th centuries A.D.)

The earlier Hippocratic medicine was credited with: the rational understanding of the mind and its disorders, the setting of the foundations of the clinical observation, the importance given to the biological substratum of mental illness, the attempt to treat illnesses empirically, the setting a code of ethics for the physician in his practice. Continue reading “Mental Illness in Post-Hippocratic Medicine (1st – 7th centuries A.D.)”

The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia

Uterine cancer had been known since antiquity. The earliest documentation, even tenuous in the extreme, comes from the ancient Egyptian Kahun papyrus (c. 2000 BC). A small passage from another Egyptian papyrus, the Ebers, written in 1500 BC, that was mentioning: “woman gnawed in her uterus and in the vagina where ulcers develop” led some authors to conclude that the disease described was uterine cancer. Continue reading “The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia”

Vestibular migraine (VM) and Menière’s disease (MD) in the writings of Aretaeus of Cappadocia and in the Chinese book Huangdi Neijing

During a systematic search of the literature for ancient descriptions of fear of heights and seasickness in the Chinese Medical Classics and Greek antiquity, two reports of vertigo syndromes that strikingly resemble today’s definitions of vestibular migraine (VM) and Menière’s disease (MD) were discovered. Continue reading “Vestibular migraine (VM) and Menière’s disease (MD) in the writings of Aretaeus of Cappadocia and in the Chinese book Huangdi Neijing”

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