Lege Artis Medicinae

[Health care institutions in ancient Hellas]

MOLNÁR Magdit

APRIL 29, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(04)

[The origins of the cult of Asclepius, the "Asclepeia" as a healing institution; The organizational framework of healing, the staff, the way of healing; The question of donation; Employed physicians; The way of holding the office of city doctor; Remuneration; Privileges; The duties and obligations of physicians; The scenes of healing; The hierarchy of "specialization" of physicians and their organizations; ]

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