History of Medicine: When in Rome, Do as Greeks Do?

While the Greeks were making headway in the medical sciences, the Romans were still stuck in the supernatural, magical medicine, learning many rites from the ancient Etruscans. Along with religious medicine, there was a kind of professional medicine in Rome, but it was not esteemed. It took foreigners to change that. At the time when…

History of Medicine: Ancient Greece

The name that has become synonymous with Greek medicine and even the origins of western medicine is Hippocrates (460-377 BCE). There is little knowledge on his life, but he made revolutionary strides for the young and growing medical field. The constant pattern seen in medicine across the ancient world is that it was inseparable from…

Buddhism in China

I thought I was done with Eastern religions for now, but I got interested while reading another book, which said that Buddhism did not really catch on in China and I want to find out why. (Source for the following: The Religious World: Communities of Faith). The first Buddhist monks came in from India and…

History of Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine

In 1975, the Huangdi Neijing (The Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor) was found in an ancient tomb that was closed in 164 BCE. Written 50 to 100 years earlier before it was sealed, this book is the most famous Chinese medical text. Before the Han dynasty (260 BCE to 220 CE), Chinese medicine was…