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  1. Dissection in classical antiquity : a social and medical history

    Bubb, Claire
    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022.

    "This book focuses on the first comprehensive history of dissection in classical antiquity. It reveals how the practice evolved from the social and cultural contexts of the fifth century BC to the High Roman period, before exploring in depth its contribution to the development of classical anatomical literature into Late Antiquity"--Dissection is a practice with a long history stretching back to antiquity and has played a crucial role in the development of anatomical knowledge. This absorbing book takes the story back to classical antiquity, employing a wide range of textual and material evidence. Claire Bubb reveals how dissection was practised from the Hippocratic authors of the fifth century BC through Aristotle and the Hellenistic doctors Herophilus and Erasistratus to Galen in the second century AD. She focuses on its material concerns and social contexts, from the anatomical subjects (animal or human) and how they were acquired, to the motivations and audiences of dissection, to its place in the web of social contexts that informed its reception, including butchery, sacrifice, and spectacle. The book concludes with a thorough examination of the relationship of dissection to the development of anatomical literature into Late Antiquity.

    Online Cambridge University Press


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