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*Filo/dotos), a physician of whom Alexander Trallianus 1 (De Medic. 1.17, p. 165) tells an anecdote of the ingenious way in which he cured a melancholy and hypochondriacal patient, who fancied he had had his head cut off. Philodotus suddenly put on his head a leaden hat, the weight of which made the poor man think that he had recovered his head, so that he was free from his fancy ever after. Of the date of Philodotus it can only be said that he must have lived in or before the sixth century after Christ.


1 * It is probable, however, that the true reading (De Medic. 1.17, in this passage is Philotimus. [PHILOTIMUS.]

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