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November 6, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(6):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130190147029

Peter of Abano (Petrus Abbonus), heretic and medical scholastic, was born in Abano near Padua (see cover). In preparation for his profession, he studied in Greece, becoming a master of the language, then in Constantinople, and finally in Paris, where he undertook the study of philosophy, mathematics, and medicine. The University of Padua was the site of his professional activities in his mature years and to which he gave stature and support in the rise of this school to its enviable greatness in later centuries. In medicine, it was Abano's translations into Latin of many of the great tomes prior to his time that mark him as outstanding. The writings of Hippocrates, Galen, Dioscorides, Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Cassios, and Abraham ben Ezra were among those translations credited to him.1

Recognized as one of the great intellects of his time and endowed with an encyclopedic mind, it is not