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Pepago'menus, Deme'trius

Δημήτριος Πεπαγομένος), a Greek medical writer.

He is supposed to have lived towards the end of the thirteenth century after Christ, and to have dedicated one of his works to the emperor Michael Palaeologus, A. D. 1260-1282.


Περὶ Ποδάγρας,

He is the author of a treatise, Περὶ Ποδάγρας,De Podagra, which has been attributed by some persons to Michael Psellus (Leo Allatius, De Psellis, § 52, ap. Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. v. ed. vet.). It consists of forty-five short chapters, besides the preface and conclusion, and, though principally compiled from former writers, is curious and interesting.

A good analysis of its contents is given by Mr. Adams, in his commentary on Paulus Aegineta (3.78).


It was first published without the author's name, in a Latin translation by Marcus Masurus, Rom. 1517, 8vo.; and afterwards in Greek and Latin, Paris, 1558, 8vo. The last and best edition is by J. S. Bernard, Greek and Latin, Ludg. Bat. 1743, 8vo., sometimes found with a new title page, Arnhem. 1753. The Latin translation by Masurus is inserted in H. Stephani Medicae Artis Principes, Paris, 1567, fol.; and the Greek and Latin text in the tenth volume of Chartier's Hippocrates and Galen.

Περὶ τῆς τῶν ἐν Νεφροῖς Παθῶν Διαγνώσεως καὶ Θεραπείας,

Fabricius /(Bibl. Graec. vol. iii. p. 531, ed. vet.) conjectures that Demetrius Pepagomenus may be the author of the little treatise, Περὶ τῆς τῶν ἐν Νεφροῖς Παθῶν Διαγνώσεως καὶ Θεραπείας, De Renusm Affectuum Dignotione et Curatione, which is wrongly attributed to Galen [GALEN, p. 215.97], but there seems to be no sufficient ground for this opinion.

Ἱερακοσόφιον, περὶ τῆς τῶν Ἱεράκων Ἀνατροφῆς τε καὶ Ἐπιμελείας, and Κυνοσόφιον, περὶ Κυνῶν Ἐπιμελείας,

Demetrius Pepagomenus is perhaps the author of two other short Greek works, the one entitled Ἱερακοσόφιον, περὶ τῆς τῶν Ἱεράκων Ἀνατροφῆς τε καὶ Ἐπιμελείας, Hieracosophium, sire de Accipitrum Educatione et Curatione, the other Κυνοσόφιον, περὶ Κυνῶν Ἐπιμελείας, Cynosophiulm, sive de Canum Curation.


These are to be found in the collection of "Rei Accipitrariae Scriptores," published by Nic. Rigaltius, Greek and Latin, Paris, 1612, 4to. and elsewhere.

The treatise De Canum Curatione is sometimes attributed to Phaemon.

Further Information

Choulant, Handb. der Buücherkunde fur die Aeltere Medicin ; Haller, Bibl. Medic. Pract. vol. i.; Fabric. Bibl. Graec.)


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