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Stone reliefs and surviving remains give a brief overview of Ancient Greek approaches to health. There are references to the gods, especially Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing, and to the wide range of other 'options' from bonesetters to herbal remedies. Patients tried everything and anything, and the gods were only called upon to heal in the worst cases.
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27 June 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip could either be used as a detailed insight into the medical beliefs and techniques of the Ancient Greeks or as part of a wider comparison with other time periods such as Rome or the Islamic Empire. Students will be able to use this clip to gather information on the use of Asclepions, priests and even exorcists in Greek medicine. They could use this to compare and contrast with modern techniques and our own National Health Service.

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