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The galenic plague: a breakdown of the imperial pathocoenosis. Pathocoenosis and longue durée.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
History and philosophy of the life sciences
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
1
Pages
57–69
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PMID: 16894811
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Is 'pathocoenosis', a notion conceived and a word coined by Mirko Grmek (1969), useful as far as ancient history is concerned? The author is interested in Galenic pathocoenosis, that of doctor Galen and his Emperor Marcus Aurelius (IInd cent. A.D.), when a new 'pestilence' or 'plague' (smallpox?) devastated the whole empire, from Mesopotamia to the Danube at least.

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