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Svetlana Hautala, « A poet’s choice: aquosus languor and lymphaticus error in the Liber medicinalis by Q. Serenus », Pallas, 113 | 2020, 217-223.

A poet’s choice : aquosus languor and lymphaticus error in the Liber medicinalis by Q. Serenus

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Author: Hautala, Svetlana1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: OpenEdition, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-12-20


In ancient Latin medical texts, water was considered a corporeal fluid: for instance, according to Scribonius Largus it is namely an aquae multitudo, which causes hydrops (133). At times water collects in some parts of the body, sometimes it moves and its movements can be observed, and sometimes aquae mutationes can be a symptom of another condition that is not necessarily connected with the dropsy. Moreover, a derivative of aqua can sometimes be used to indicate the grade of density of other bodily fluids: e.g., semen aquosum. This article comments on the choice of expressions used by Q. Serenus in chapter 26 (Hydropi depellendae) of his Liber medicinalis: while describing cures for hydrops, alongside aquosus languor (512) Q. Serenus also mentions lymphaticus error (506).

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Series: Pallas. Revue d'etudes antiques
ISSN: 0031-0387
ISSN-E: 2272-7639
ISSN-L: 0031-0387
Issue: 113
Pages: 217 - 223
DOI: 10.4000/pallas.24158
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
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