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June 18, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(7):815. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020250071015

An editorial on Asklepios, (L., Aesculapius) was published in this Journal several months ago. Cognizance was taken of the Asklepieion at Epidauros and on the Island of Cos. No attempt was made to recount other extant evidences that honored the great healer, who, in folklore and mythology, preceded Hippocrates. Data to fill this void have been provided by the appearance in English of a volume prepared by Kerényi.1 The monograph, with an abundance of illustrations, was published originally in Germany under the sponsorship of Ciba, Ltd. The author was formerly a professor of classics and the history of ancient religion at the University of Szeged and of Pécs in Hungary.

The several coins, statues, votive offerings, basreliefs, and other material evidences are impressive. There are four votive reliefs on display in the National Museum in Athens. One represents Asklepios accompanied by two goddesses, dated about 390 B. C. One

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