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The Temple and the Plane Tree: Rationality and Cult at the Beginnings of Western Medicine

Marek H. Dominiczak
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There are multiple interrelationships between science, medicine and visual arts. This article discusses aspects of architecture associated with the Greek healing cult of Asklepios, the case in point being the Asklepios temple on the island of Kos in the Aegean. Further, the cult is contrasted with the beginnings of the observation-based medicine practised by Hippocrates (460–c.370 BC). Finally, it is suggested that including elements of visual arts in medical education is consistent with the aims of the new medical curricula.

Published Online: 2005-06-01
Published in Print: 2001-10-23

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