Volume VI (LCL 473)
Diseases III. Internal Affections. Regimen in Acute Diseases (Appendix).
Volume VII (LCL 477)
Epidemics II. Epidemics IV. Epidemics V. Epidemics VI. Epidemics VII.
Volume VIII (LCL 482)
Places in Man. Glands. Fleshes. Prorrhetic I. Prorrhetic II. Physician. Use of Liquids. Ulcers. Hemorrhoids. Fistulas.
Volume IX (LCL 509)
Anatomy. Nature of Bones. Heart. Eight Months’ Child. Coan Prenotions. Crises. Critical Days. Superfetation. Girls. Excision of the Fetus. Sight.
Volume X (LCL 520)
Generation. Nature of the Child. Diseases IV. Nature of Women. Barrenness.
Volume XI (LCL 538)
Diseases of Women I. Diseases of Women II.
The texts in this volume represent the most extensive account in the Hippocratic Collection of pathological conditions of the female reproductive organs, although many other treatises published in Loeb Hippocrates IX and X exhibit similar, and in some cases even verbatim identical, texts. Indeed, these shared texts, together with a number of explicit cross-references, have led scholars to hypothesize various identities of authorship and/or source material among the gynecological treatises: however, in most cases the state of the evidence makes it difficult to draw definite conclusions.2
Whatever the true relationship between Diseases of Women I–II themselves may have been at their original composition, they have existed in their present form and with their present title (literally, “Matters of Women”) as far back as they are known.3 The first-century AD medical
- 1The two treatises are analyzed in more detail in their particular introductions.
- 2See, for example, Ermerins, vol. 2, lxxviii–xciii; Bourbon, pp.viii–lx.
- 3The title Περὶ Γυναικείων means, literally, “Matters of Women,” without any closer indication what those matters might include (see τὰ γυναικεῖα/gynaikeia, Loeb Hippocrates vol. 10, xii). The title Diseases of Women seems to have been become current in the middle ages (cf. Ullmann, pp.246–48: Kitāb Auǧāʿ an-nisāʾ), presumably either on the basis of references found in the Hippocratic treatises Generation 4 (vol. 10, 14: ἐν τῇσι γυναικείῃσι νούσοισι), Nature of the Child 4 (vol. 10, 42: ἐν τοῖσι γυναικείοισι νοσήμασιν), Diseases IV 26 (vol. 10, 184: ἐν τοῖσι γυναικείοισι νοσήμασι), and Barrenness 1 (vol. 10, 332: ἐν τοῖσι γυναικείοισι νουσήμασιν), or under the influence of the first words of the text of Diseases of Women I. The account of testimonies to the treatises that follows is based on the exhaustive collection of relevant sources given in Anastassiou/Irmer vol. 1, 338–59; vol. 2.1, 341–57; vol. 2.2, 256f.; vol. 3, 286–94.