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The Symptom and the Subject:
The Emergence of the Physical Body in Ancient Greece
Brooke Holmes

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"Holmes provides a timely new avenue for putting ancient medicine centrally on the map of classical Greek thought. . . . Specialists in ancient medicine should be glad to have such an articulate and intelligent advocate trying not only to bridge the gaps among subfields of Hellenic studies but making connections to Foucault and the 'mind-body problem' that we have inherited . . . from Plato and Descartes."--Susan H. Prince, Aestimatio

"[I]t is a richly argued and instructive work. . . . [I]ts value lies in its synthesis and breadth of the sources. The material Holmes has gathered, not only medical and philosophical, but also literary, backed by solid bibliographical reference throughout and presented through a thorough examination, is impressive, making the volume a stimulating read from a variety of perspectives."--Chiara Thumiger, Classical World

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"The Symptom and the Subject is intellectually challenging, beautifully written, deeply thought out, and closely researched in primary and secondary materials. I found myself utterly engrossed by its arguments."--James I. Porter, University of California, Irvine

"Brilliant and important, this book tackles nothing less than the discovery of the body as a cultural and conceptual category in Greek antiquity. The book ranges over Homer and archaic poetry, the Sophists, philosophy, tragedy, and--most unusually and originally--the medical writings of the Hippocratic corpus, to construct a compelling account of historical developments."--Leslie Kurke, University of California, Berkeley

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