), a sort of specialist physician, who in the
treatment of disease almost confined himself to the use of friction and
Plin. Nat. 29.2
). According to Pliny (l.c.
) the first person who brought this mode of
practice especially into notice was Prodicus (or Herodicus
in the fifth century B.C. The iatralipta was a superior person to the mere
alipta [see the word]; Harpocras, who is called by this title by the younger
Pliny (Plin. Ep. 10.45
), obtained from the
Emperor Trajan the freedom of the cities of Rome and Alexandria. The word
occurs in some editions of Celsus (de Medic.
1.1), but the
better reading is alipta.
It is found also in
Galen (de Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos,
7.5, ton. xiii. p.
104) and Paulus Aegineta (de Re Med.