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Am J Otolaryngol. 1995 Mar-Apr;16(2):141-2.

Medicine and art: facial palsy depicted in archaic Greek art on Crete.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Ulm, Germany.


A small earthenware statuette was evacuated from the votive-depot of acropolis of Gortys, an ancient town in South-Crete/Greece. This ex-voto is dated approximately 7th to 6th century BC and very probably represents some symptoms of a stroke, especially the left facial palsy and the contracture of the left arm. Since the Minoan time until today, people of Crete have been offering ex-votos to gods or saints to ask for help in specific diseases.

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