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Damo'crates

or DEMO'CRATES (Δαμοκράτης or Δημοκράτης), SERVI'LIUS, a Greek physician at Rome about the beginning or middle of the first century after Christ, who may perhaps have received the praenomen " Servilius" from his having become a client of the Servilia gens. Galen calls him ἃριστός ἰατρός (De Ther. ad Pis. 100.12. vol. xiv. p. 260), and Pliny says (H. N.V. 25.49), he was "e primis medentium," and relates (H. N. 24.28) his cure of Considia, the daughter of M. Servilius.


Works


Pharmaceutical Works in Greek iambic verse

He wrote several pharmaceutical works in Greek iambic verse, of which there only remain the titles and some extracts preserved by Galen. (De Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos. 5.5, 7.2, 8.10, 10.2, vol. xii. p. 890, vol. xiii. pp. 40, 220, 350; De Compos. Medicam. sec. Gen. 1.19, 5.10, 6.12, 17, 7.8, 10, 16, vol. xiii. pp. 455, 821, 915, 940, 988, 996, 1047; De Antid. 1.15, 2.2, &100.15, vol. xiv. pp. 90, 115, &100.191.)

Editions

These have been collected together and published by C. F. Harles, Bonn, 1833, 4to. Gr. and Lat., with notes and prolegomena. It is believed that only the first part (consisting of thirty-five pages) has yet appeared, of which there is a review by Hermann in the Leipz. Lit. Zeit. 1834, N. 33.


Further Information

C. G. Kühn, Additam. ad Elench. Medicor. Vet. a J. A. Fubricio in " Bibl. Gr." exhibit. fascic. v.; Choulant, Handb. der Bücherkunde für die Aeltere Medicin.

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