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Educating The Public, Defending The Art: Language Use And Medical Education In Hippocrates ' The Art

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The Hippocratic treatise The Art is an epideictic speech in defence of medicine against certain unnamed detractors. The author of The Art is fully aware of the fact that for him, language is the medium of education. Accordingly, the author shows full command of the main issues of late fifth century 'sophistic' debate on the nature and the correct and effective use of language. At the same time, language remains a secondary phenomenon: it is not a 'growth' of nature, but a set of conventional signs that have a basis in reality only if they are applied correctly. There is always the possibility of incorrect interpretation of our perceptions, which will lead to an incorrect use of language that does not reflect real phenomena. Consistent with his view of language as secondary to visual phenomena, the author claims in his peroration that as a medium for the defence of medicine.

Keywords: defence; Hippocratic treatise; medical education; medicine; The Art; use of language; visual phenomena

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