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Gender and Healing in the Hippocratic Corpus

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Show simple item record Innes, Alison 2012-10-19T17:08:43Z 2012-10-19T17:08:43Z 2012-10-19
dc.description.abstract Hippocratic physicians sought to establish themselves as medical authorities in ancient Greece. An examination of the deontological texts of the Hippocratic corpus reveals that the Hippocratics created a medical authority based on elite male characteristics. The key quality of the Hippocratic physician was sōphrosunē, a quality closely associated with men and used in the differentiation of genders in the Greek world. Women were not believed to innately possess this quality and so their healing activities were restricted within the Hippocratic framework. Women’s healing activities are only mentioned in the corpus when women are involved in the treatment of other women or self-treatment. The Hippocratic construction of medicine as a male domain fit within a Classical cultural framework, as the cultural anxiety concerning women healers and women’s use of pharmaka are evident in both Greek myth and literature. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Hippocratic en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject Greece en_US
dc.subject pharmaka en_US
dc.subject healers en_US
dc.title Gender and Healing in the Hippocratic Corpus en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US M.A. Classics en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Classics en_US Faculty of Humanities en_US
dc.embargo.terms None en_US

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