Hippocrates, Prognosticon


Ars Medicinae (Art of Medicine) is a compilation of medical texts of Greek and Arabic origin. Since the early 12th century, most of these texts were translated into Latin by scholars in the circle of the medical school of Salerno, and became the basis of the medical curriculum in European universities until the 16th century.

The Ars Medicinae includes medical treatises on various topics such as urine, fever, diets and cures, as well as an important tract known as the Prognosticon by the famous Greek physician Hippocrates (d. c. 370 BC).

The Prognosticon or Book of Prognosis focuses on ways of predicting the likely development of a medical condition. For Hippocrates and for the medical school founded by him, prognosis was the natural result of diagnosis, which looked at the signs and symptoms of a condition.

Manuscript copies of Hippocratic texts were considered very authoritative and were heavily annotated with marginal glosses, which helped explain the text. They were also in high demand. This copy of the collection was made in France around 1300, but was purchased for the high price of 13 solidi and 4 denarii by the Abbey of Malmesbury in 1371.

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Hippocrates, Prognosticon
c. 1300, Paris
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Harley MS 3140

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