Aretaeus of Cappadocia
(597 words)

Pneumatic physician, who probably practised (at an unknown location) in the 2nd half of the 1st cent. AD.


The work on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases in eight books survives incomplete. It is composed in the Ionic dialect, which was no longer spoken at the time – an obvious reference to the founder of Greek medicine, Hippocrates [6] (who also borrowed the occasi…

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Fischer, Klaus-Dietrich, “Aretaeus of Cappadocia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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