The Cambridge Companion to Hippocrates (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
Hippocrates is a towering figure in Greek medicine. Dubbed the'father of medicine', he has inspired generations of physiciansover millennia in both the East and West. Despite this, little isknown about him, and scholars have long debated his relationship tothe works attributed to him in the so-called 'Hippocratic Corpus',although it is undisputed that many of the works within itrepresent milestones in the development of Western medicine. Inthis Companion, an international team of authors introduces majorthemes in Hippocratic studies, ranging from textual criticism andthe 'Hippocratic question' to problems such as aetiology,physiology and nosology. Emphasis is given to the afterlife ofHippocrates from Late Antiquity to the modern period. Hippocrateshad as much relevance in the fifth-century BC Greek world as in themedieval Islamic world, and he remains with us today in bothmedical and non-medical contexts.