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Hippocratic Recipes Between Home Remedies And Haute Médecine

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In this chapter, the author follows Helen King in arguing that a polarization into female and male traditions is not helpful to understanding the gynaecological recipes. One of the most salient characteristics of the Hippocratic treatises is that, in contrast with later medical or botanical writings, they never mention their informants for pharmacological knowledge; their recipes are always anonymous. The author suggests that pharmacological knowledge, even when pertaining to female ailments, perhaps especially when pertaining to female ailments, was diff used throughout Greek society. The presence of exotic, expensive, flamboyant ingredients is particularly conspicuous in the Hippocratic collections of recipes. The author argues that these types of ingredients might have acted as a means of transforming traditional medicine into Haute Médecine. The chapter reconsiders the contrast between the gynaecological and non-gynaecological treatises of the Corpus.

Keywords: Greek society; gynaecological recipes; Haute Médecine; Hippocratic treatise



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