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March 1966

Demetrios the Asclepiad: A Portrait

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Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):451-456. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090135027

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AS MARCEL PROUST once said, there are illusions in time as well as in space. For one thing, all of us experience the vanishing perspective of history. The more remote incidents crowd together towards a dim periphery till we are at a loss to realize the spaces of time that divide them. It is difficult to grasp thoroughly the fact that it was as long from the birth of Christ to the official recognition of Christianity by Constantine as from the reign of Charles I to the present day; that, accepting the chronology of Herodotus who wrote in the third quarter of the fifth century BC, it was as long from the age of Homer 400 years before his time back to the Trojan war more than 400 years earlier as the period between Henry VII and today: that the Academy just outside Athens beyond the Ceramicus cemetery founded by

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