A quantitative assessment of ancient therapeutics: Poppy and pain in the Hippocratic Corpus

P. Prioreschi, R. P. Heaney, E. Brehm

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Abstract

In an effort to develop a method to ascertain whether ancient physicians used certain drugs because of their efficacy or for other reasons (random process, tradition, etc.), the authors have devised a statistical test (Efficacy Quotient - EQ) to evaluate ancient therapeutic data quantitatively. They have applied the Efficacy Quotient to clarify whether the Hippocratic physician used poppy (opium) in the treatment of pain because he had recognized that it had analgesic properties or whether he used it as he used others plants devoid of such properties. The authors conclude that the analgesic properties of poppy were not recognized at the time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1998

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A quantitative assessment of ancient therapeutics : Poppy and pain in the Hippocratic Corpus. / Prioreschi, P.; Heaney, R. P.; Brehm, E.

In: Medical Hypotheses, Vol. 51, No. 4, 10.1998, p. 325-331.

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Prioreschi, P. ; Heaney, R. P. ; Brehm, E. / A quantitative assessment of ancient therapeutics : Poppy and pain in the Hippocratic Corpus. In: Medical Hypotheses. 1998 ; Vol. 51, No. 4. pp. 325-331.
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