The Controversy on the Purgative Medicines in Pseudogalenic de Catharticis: a Latin Commentary on Greek Medical Doctrine

Maria Teresa Santamaría Hernández


In this article we analyze the influence of Galenic doctrine on the properties and use of purgative medicines in the De catharticis , a pseudo-Galenic work written in Latin in late antiquity. It is preserved in manuscripts from the 9th century onwards, but contains formal elements of the didactic commentaries of late antiquity.


Key words: Pseudo-Galen - De catharticis - Purgative Medicines

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