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…

History of Medicine: Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt

(Updated this early post from 6/11/2013) I stumbled upon “Disease and Medicine in World History” by Sheldon Watts in the library and realized I couldn’t pass up the chance to learn about such an interesting topic. My dad also gave me another book, “the Healers: The Doctor, Then and Now” by Kurt Pollack and E.…

History of Medicine: Ayurveda, Traditional Indian Medicine

I can’t believe it’s been half a year since I’ve written on this. Lots going on, but I’m picking up after reading about Hinduism and Buddhism months ago, delving into Ayurveda, which gets its underlying philosophy from the aforementioned religions of India. Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medical system of India, originating two to three…

Reimbursements

I’ve started learning about how reimbursement works for physicians and hospitals. In short, it is very complicated . There are various reimbursement systems so I’ll just sum up the gist of what I learned from the third chapter of “Understanding Health Policy.” There are different ways medical care can be reimbursed to a physician or…