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Agathinus, Spartan doctor, 1st cent. CE

Agathinus (Claudius Agathinus) a Spartandoctor of the 1st cent. CE, associated with the medical sect of the Pneumatists and by at least one ancient source with the establishment of an eclectic medical sect founded on Pneumatism with additional doctrines from medical Empiricism and Methodism. He was a pupil of Athenaeus (3) of Attaleia, and was linked with the Stoic philosopher L. Annaeus Cornutus. He may have taught the physicians Archigenes and Herodotus (2). Fragments of his doctrines are reported by Galen and Oribasius, amongst others. He wrote influential works on pulsation (grudgingly praised by Galen, 8. 748 Kühn), on semi-tertian fevers, and on the use of hellebore; little is now known of their contents.



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