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Stud Anc Med. 2005;31:315-23.

[Did Hippocratic thinking influence Praxagoras of Kos?].

[Article in German]


In his collection of the fragments of Praxagoras, F. Steckerl has argued that in his etiological ideas on some mental diseases, Praxagoras was influenced by Hippocratic thinking as attested in the Anonymus Londinensis and in De prisca medicina. But critical comparison of these texts with Praxagoras' fragments 70/71 clearly shows that there is no connection between the respective doctrines. As for epilepsy, however, some elements can be found that are common to Praxagoras and to the Hippocratic treatise De morbo sacro; however, these do not prove that Praxagoras was dependent on this text, but that both Praxagoras and the author of this work were woven into a more general network of relations.

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