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The Importance Of Having Medical Knowledge As A Layman. The Hippocratic Treatise Affections In The Context Of The Hippocratic Corpus

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The Hippocratic treatise Affections can be incorporated to complement the duality concerning both author and targeted public, as it is the work of a medical specialist whose aim is to transmit the medical knowledge every intelligent layman should posses. Affections is unique among the Hippocratic writings in that it presents itself as a manual for lay people and not for physicians. This chapter focuses on this distinctive attitude of the author of Affections, as far as his considerations of the intellectual capacities of his readers are concerned. Author does this by means of a selection and close examination of some passages of the tract and their differences and affinities to other Hippocratic authors' positions. Affections is the only work of the Hippocratic Corpus that is explicitly intended for lay readers rather than for specialists.

Keywords: Affections; Hippocratic Corpus; Hippocratic treatise; layman; medical knowledge; medical specialist; physicians



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