ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Aretaeus of Cappadocia and Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Konstantinos Laios1, George Androutsos2, Marilita M. Moschos1
1Department of Ophthalmology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
DOI : 10.4274/balkanmedj.2016.1847

Aretaeus of Cappadocia is a controversial figure in the history of ancient Greek medicine.  No one denied that he was a physician who formed the most accurate descriptions of diseases in antiquity. Such an example is his to the point analysis about phthisis, which, according to modern medicine, can be identified as pulmonary tuberculosis in Chapter VIII of his First Book on Chronic Diseases.

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