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Certain attempts to explain medical problems "scientifically" from the the Hippocratic age to the time of Virchow are described lucidly and interestingly by Dr. King. The supernatural causation of disease expressed in the Homeric poems and the equally supernatural attribution of cures performed in the temples of Asclepius stand in sharp contrast to the rational observations of the Hippocratics (fifth to fourth centuries B.C.), as well as to their remarkable diagnoses and prognoses based upon the correlation of observable facts. Weakness lay in inability to discriminate between essential and nonessential elements. The pronouncements of Galen (second century A.D.) were based
The Growth of Medical Thought.. Ann Intern Med. ;58:905. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-58-5-905_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(5):905.
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