THE "LETTER... TO A CYPRIOT PHYSICIAN" ATTRIBUTED TO JOHANNES ARGYROPOULOS (CA. 1448-1453)

Alan Touwaide

Abstract


In four Byzantine medical manuscripts, appear a letter entitled Solution of some problems and questions studied by one among the philosophers and physicians of the [school] of Cyprus and attributed to the well known philosopher and theacer Ioannes Argyropoulos (1393/4 [?] or ca. 1415-1487). In this paper, we examinate this text, its authenticity and its contents, arriving at the conclusion that it is a sort of compendium of a medical teaching held by Argyropoulos during his stay in Constantinopl, ca. 1448-1453. As such, it documents the medical activity of the last Byzantine period, little known from other sources. 

 

Key words: Ioannes Argyropulos - Byzantine medicine 




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