Work on volumes V and VI was greatly facilitated by the use of computer texts and indexes kindly furnished by Prof. Gilles Maloney and his team at the Laboratoire de recherches hippocratiques in Quebec.

Finally, it is my pleasant duty to thank Prof. G. P. Goold, Associate Editor of the series, Prof. Dr. Fridolf Kudlien, Prof. Wesley D. Smith, William B. Spaulding M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.), and Lynn Wilson Ph.D., all of whom read the volumes in various stages of their preparation, for their manifold helpful comments.

Rome, November 1983 | Paul Potter

Introduction To Vols V and VI1

These volumes contain the most important Hippocratic works on the pathology of internal diseases. Presumably in consequence of their common purpose, these six treatises tend to share the same general structure: independent chapters of constant form each devoted to one specific nosological entity.2

About the treatises’ interdependencies, authors, and relative dates of composition, nothing can be said with any degree of certainty. There is neither any evidence that