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The Afterlife Of Hippocratic Recipes

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The Hippocratic collections of gynaecological recipes and the Pharmakitides mentioned in Affections were among the first extended recipe compilations written in Greek, inaugurating a vigorous tradition of medical recipe writing. Recipes attributed to Hippocrates can be found in the works of Pliny the Elder, Soranus, Galen, and Aetius. Each of these authors uses Hippocratic material for different reasons, be they emulation or criticism. This chapter addresses the difficult question of determining the boundary between unacknowledged borrowing of Hippocratic material and coincidental similarity between written recipes. It examines the Latin translations or adaptations of the Hippocratic treatises Diseases of Women I and II. Whilst the translation of Diseases of Women I was introduced by a prologue stressing the extraordinary role of Hippocrates in the history of medicine; the adaptation of Diseases of Women II does not include a single mention of Hippocrates.

Keywords: gynaecological recipes; Hippocratic treatise; Latin translation; Pharmakitides



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