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By Research Associate at the Max Weber College Georgia Petridou, Research Associate Chiara Thumiger

"Homo Patiens - methods to the sufferer within the historic global" is a ebook in regards to the sufferers of the Graeco-Roman international, their function within the historic clinical encounters and their courting to the healthiness prone and clinical practitioners in their time. This quantity makes a robust declare for the relevance of a patient-centred method of the background of historic medication. recognition to the adventure of sufferers deepens our figuring out of old societies and their scientific markets, and enriches our wisdom of the background of historic cultures. it's a first step in the direction of shaping a heritage of the traditional sufferer s view, so that it will be of use not just to old historians, scholars of scientific humanities, and historians of medication, but in addition to any reader drawn to scientific ethics."

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We get involved in their despair and sadness. In l. 62 There is even more sadness in l. 8: καὶ σὺ δακρύσεις “even you (traveller) will straightway weep”. In l. 18 the father is ταλαίφρων “distressed” and l. 24 describes the λύπας καὶ στοναχάς the “grief and groans” of the parents after the operation. In l. 26 we find a trace of an emotion that is formulated more clearly in other funerary inscriptions: envy. Οὐδ’ οὕτως μου Γένεσις δεινὴ πλησθεῖσ’ ἐκορέσθη, “Not even my Genesis (the goddess of my Birth) was completely satiated”.

This chapter explores the extent to which the male patient who is well-educated in medical matters can effectively function independently of healthcare providers like nurses, trainers and masseurs and keep his body and soul in balance. Georgia Petridou (‘Aelius Aristides as Informed Patient and Physician’) focuses on an individual sufferer and his illness narrative by close-reading sections of Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi. This knowledgeable member of the second century socio-political elite, Petridou maintains, takes the notion of self-healing one step further and presents himself not only as an active agent in his own medical encounters with both earthly and divine healers but also as intimately involved in the treatment of others, thus functioning as a physician of sorts.

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