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Philon

2. The physician who is mentioned among several others by Galen (De Meth. Med. 1.7, vol. x. p. 53) as belonging to the sect of the Methodici, is perhaps a different person from the preceding, and must have lived some time in or after the first century B. C. He may, perhaps, be the contemporary of Plutarch, in the second century after Christ, who is introduced by him in his Symposiacon (2.6. 2, 4.1. 1, 6.2. 1, 8.9. 1). He was of opinion that the disease called Elephantiasis first appeared shortly before his own time; but in this he was probably mistaken. See Jul. Alb. Hofmann's treatise, Rabiei Caninae ad Celsum usque Historia Critica,p. 53. (Lips. 8vo. 1826.)

A physician of this name is also mentioned by St. Epiphanius (ad v. Haeres. 1.1, 3); and a writer on metals, by Athenaeus (vii. p. 322).

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