The Healing Hand by Guido Majno

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Tracing the art of the physician in the ancient world, this book captures the healers' attempts to conquer pain over the centuries. Looking at the civilizations of the ancient world - Greece at the time of Hippocrates, Rome under the Caesars, the Egypt of the Pharohs, the India of Ashoka and China as Mencius knew it - Dr Guido Majno has returned to the original sources to unravel history from documents as varied as personal letters, buried artifacts and early treatises. He has reconstructed ancient experiments in a modern laboratory and has evaluated ancient remedies with today's methods.

Harvard University Press: 1991.
ISBN: 9780674383319. 600 pp.
Softcover. Very good.