The Ethics of Diagnosis in Early Christianity and the Middle Ages

  • Diego Gracia
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)


The approach to illness for the ancient people of Israel, as for all archaic Semitic peoples, is of an ethico-religious nature since these peoples view illness, as the consequence of sin. Hence the search for the cause of illness, the “etiological diagnosis”, is carried out by means of a systematic inquiry into the moral precept that has been transgressed. This is the procedure followed in the medicine of Mesopotamia as well as that of the people of Israel.


Etiological Diagnosis Social Prestige Hippocratic Oath Literary Genre Religious Ethic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Gracia
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  1. 1.Complutensis University of MadridMadridSpain

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