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Aëtius (2), of Amida, physician, fl. c. 530–560 CE

In Alexandria (1) and Constantinople. He wrote an extant medical encyclopaedia, called the Tetrabiblon from its division into four sections. Beginning with a summary of drug theory (see pharmacology), which simplifies many obscurities in Galen and Oribasius, the Tetrabiblon compacts pharmacy, dietetics, general therapeutics, hygiene, bloodletting, cathartics, prognostics, pathology, fevers, urines, cranial ailments, eye problems (see ophthalmology), cosmetics, and dentistry (bks. 1–8). Unavailable are well edited editions of bks. 9–16, containing important accounts of toxicology (bk. 13), and gynaecology and obstetrics (bk. 16; see childbirth).

Bibliography

Texts

A. Olivieri, Libri medicinales, 2 vols. (1935, 1950).Find this resource:

    J. V. Ricci, Aetios of Amida: The Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the VIth Century AD (1950).Find this resource:

      General literature

      J. Scarborough, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 1984, 224–226.M. J. Harstad, Pharmacy in History 1986, 175–80.

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