Talk:Hippocratic Corpus

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Hippocratic Corpus:
  • Section needed on authorship controversy
  • Describe dating, oldest manuscripts, significant versions (and differences between them)
  • Sections needed on notable works, aphorisms, etc.
  • Make comprehensive!
  • More images?

Koan link[edit]

Why does the attribute "Koan" ("of the island of Kos") in the introduction refer to the Buddhist term "Koan"? They are only homonyms, nothing more. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

This should not be so... I shall fix it. -- Rmrfstar 22:43, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

WPMED assessment[edit]

I'm tagging this article as importance=Mid, class=Start. Start class mostly because there are two reference sections, in different formats, and because there is little explanation of the context, significance, etc. of this topic. Mid importance because it is an historical interest but does not concern diseases or treatments. --Una Smith 04:25, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

There are two reference sections, in different formats. But they are not independent or redundant; they are complementary: the "bibliography" section contains the complete citations for works mentioned above it. This is quite standard formating I believe. It is also the same scheme that was used in the FA Hippocrates, on which I also worked. -- Rmrfstar 16:37, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

hot poker[edit]

At least 2 very different medical techniques have been described as modern-day descendants of a procedure that Hippocrates performed with a hot poker. See Google: Hippocrates"hot+poker". Could someone add a mention of that procedure to this article? (I would, but all I know about it is the brief mentions I read in articles about those modern techniques). -- (talk) 14:53, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

There are a *lot* of modern medical procedures that derive from practices described in the Hippocratic Corpus. Note that cauterization is already mentioned in Hippocrates. The other technique, prolotherapy, is not mentioned. If you can find a source and write a good sentence-long summary, I might support including it in that (more appropriate) article. -- Rmrfstar (talk) 12:57, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
One of the results of that Google search, the article "The Patients of Jobe", seems to talk about a procedure Hippocrates performed with a hot poker that has something to do with an arm dislocated from its shoulder. The modern dislocated-arm repair techniques -- techniques that that article claims are descended from that procedure -- seem to be entirely unrelated to cauterization or prolotherapy. Do all 3 of these modern techniques derive from that same ancient procedure? Is that procedure something that we know Hippocrates himself performed, or is it merely a procedure mentioned in the Hippocratic Corpus? -- (talk) 06:29, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
The shoulder-poking is prolotherapy. It is possible, even likely, that the procedure was not performed by Hippocrates himself. However, the article Hippocrates largely treats the "Hippocratic School". -- Rmrfstar (talk) 08:09, 1 August 2009 (UTC)