Connecting the Mind and Body in Ancient Greek Medicine

Ferris, Taylor (2018) Connecting the Mind and Body in Ancient Greek Medicine. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. Aileen Ajootian from Classics, The University of Mississippi.


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I investigated Greek medicine and healing shrines in antiquity and focused on the issue of the mind-body connection and how this phenomenon was understood in antiquity. I researched the Athenian plague of 430-425 B.C., sleep and dreams, particularly in the Rites of Incubation, and Hippocratic medicine as well as religious medicine in order to understand more deeply the origins of Greek medicine and how the healing phenomena were practiced and understood. I have come to a greater understanding of this connection between the mind and the body and have come to redefine the placebo effect and argue that the mind can persuade the body, which can greatly aid in the healing process of mental and physical ailments.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Ferris, Taylor
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Classics, Biochemistry
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Aileen Ajootian
Thesis Advisor's Department: Classics
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Depositing User: Taylor Ferris Ferris
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 18:18
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 18:18

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