Hippocrates of Cos, Physician

LCL 482: 292-293

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Introduction1

Very little is known about the position of Physician in the history of medicine. “Cet opuscule,” says Littré,2 “n’est mentionné par aucun des anciens critiques.” And later on; “Dans le silence des anciens commentateurs il n’est pas possible de se faire une idée sur l’origine de l’opuscule du Médecin.”3 Littré does, however, point out passages that are parallel to parts of Physician in Surgery, Ancient Medicine and several other Hippocratic works, concluding that these similarities of content assure the treatise a legitimate place in the Hippocratic collection.4

After the first chapter, which outlines the attributes desirable in a physician, the piece goes on to discuss the arrangement of the surgery, the preparation of bandages, instruments, and so forth. Then follows a short discussion of tumours and sores, and the book finishes with a recommendation to a student to attach himself to mercenary

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hippocrates_cos-physician.1995