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Health: A History

Peter Adamson


From antiquity down to the early modern period, many philosophers have been doctors or had interests in medicine. Yet typically the histories of philosophy and medicine are pursued as separate disciplines. This book departs from that practice, bringing together contributions by both historians of philosophy and of medicine to trace the concept of health from ancient Greece and China, through the Islamic world and to modern thinkers such as Descartes and Freud. Major historical themes include the parallel between mental and physical health, the role of philosophical theories about body and soul ... More

Keywords: health, illness, medicine, philosophy, history of philosophy, history of medicine, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916429
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199916429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Adamson, editor
Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, LMU in Munich