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Dr Laurence Totelin 


Hippocratic Recipes: Oral and Written Transmission of Pharmacological Knowledge in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece (Leiden: Brill, 2009) pp. xviii + 366.

Refereed journal articles

‘Botanizing rulers and their herbal subjects: plants and political power in Greek and Roman literature’, Phoenix, forthcoming.

‘And to end on a poetic note: Galen’s authorial strategies in the pharmacological books’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 43 (2012) 307–315. available online

‘Old recipes, new practice? The Latin adaptations of the Hippocratic gynaecological treatises’, Social History of Medicine 24 (2011) 74–91. available online

‘Sex and vegetables in the Hippocratic gynaecological treatises’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 38 (2007) 531–540.

‘Mithradates’ antidote: a pharmacological ghost’, Early Science and Medicine 9 (2004) 1–19.

Articles in books

‘Botany’, in L. Taub (ed.), The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 1, in preparation.

with P. Baker and H. King, ‘Teaching ancient medicine: the issues of abortion’, in F. McHardy and N. Rabinowitz (eds.), Teaching Uncomfortable Subjects in the Classics Classroom, in preparation.

‘Endoxa pharmaka: fame and fortunes of pharmacological recipes across time and genres’, in A. Maravela, I. Andorlini and D. Leith (eds.), The Texts of the Medical Profession in Antiquity: Genres and Purposes, Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

with S. Muir, ‘Medicine’, in J. Tulloch (ed.), A Cultural History of Women in Antiquity (Oxford: Berg Publishers), forthcoming.

‘A recipe for a headache: translating and interpreting ancient Greek and Roman remedies’, in A. Imhausen and T. Pommerening (eds.), Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt and Greece: Zur Übersetzbarkeit von Wissenschaftssprachen des Altertums (AOAT: Ugarit Verlag, 2011) 219–237.

‘Teaching the Hippocratic recipes?’, in M. Horstmanshoff (ed.), Hippocrates and Medical Education. Selected Papers Presented at the XIIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, Universiteit Leiden, 24–26 August 2005 (Leiden: Brill, 2010) 287–300.

‘Galen’s use of multiple manuscript copies in his pharmacological treatises’, in A. Doody and L. Taub (eds.), Authorial Choice, Authorial Voice: Greco-Roman Scientific and Medical Writing (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2009) 81–92.

‘Parfums et huiles parfumées en médecine’, in A. Verbanck-Piérard, N. Massar and D. Frère (eds.), Parfums de l’Antiquité: La rose et l’encens en Méditerranée (Mariemont: Musée Royal de Mariemont, 2008) 227–232.

Articles in encyclopaedias

‘Birth and reproduction’, in M. Gargarin, Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Gynecology’, in M. Gargarin, Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Hippokratic Corpus, Nosological works’, in P.T. Keyser and G.L. Irby-Massie (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists: The Greek Tradition and its Many Heirs (London and New York: Routledge, 2009) 413–414.

‘Perfume’, in H. Cancik and H. Schneider (eds.), Brill’s New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, Volume 10 (Leiden: Brill, 2007) 753–754.


I have reviewed works for Aestimatio; Bryn Mawr Classical Review; Isis; Medical History; Social History of Medicine; The Classical Review; and The British Journal for the History of Science.