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March 13, 1948

The Medical Writings of Anonymus Londinensis

JAMA. 1948;136(11):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890280075040

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This book is the author's translation of a Greek medical papyrus of the second century A. D., measuring 12 feet long, consisting of thirty-nine columns,each containing fifty to sixty lines about 3 inches long, with some mutilated and illegible parts. It is probably not a copy of an edition but is probably a copy by a young student of another copy, or rather a paraphrase of such by one and the same scribe—perhaps of lecture notes. No post-Aristotelian authority is mentioned, and it is probably of a Menonian origin.

After a short preface, followed by an introduction and "additional notes" and the bibliography, there follows the running text in Greek on the left side of the succeeding pages, with the corresponding English translation on the right sides of the pages.

The text begins with definitions of Greek words followed by the etiology of diseases, according to various authorities, and ends

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