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A Greek Clinic of 400 BC

A Greek Clinic of 400 BC.jpg Achilles bandaging Patroclus,ThumbnailsPanathenaeac dance, about the 4th century B.CAchilles bandaging Patroclus,ThumbnailsPanathenaeac dance, about the 4th century B.CAchilles bandaging Patroclus,ThumbnailsPanathenaeac dance, about the 4th century B.C

A Greek Clinic of 400 BC

In the centre sits a physician holding a lancet and bleeding a patient from the median vein at the bend of the right elbow into a large open basin. Above and behind the physician are suspended three cupping vessels. To the right sits another patient awaiting his turn; his left arm is bandaged in the region of the biceps. The figure beyond him smells a flower, perhaps as a preservative against infection. Behind the physician stands a man leaning on a staff; he is wounded in the left leg, which is bandaged. By his side stands a dwarfish figure with disproportionately large head, whose body exhibits deformities typical of the developmental disease now known as Achondroplasia; in addition to these deformities we note that his body is hairy and the bridge of his nose sunken; on his back he carries a hare which is almost as tall as himself. Talking to the dwarf is a man leaning on a long staff, who has the remains of a bandage round his chest.

Author
Greek Biology and Greek Medicine
Charles Joseph Singer
Published 1922
Available from gutenberg.org
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