Excerpt from The Classical Journal, Vol. 18: For September and December, 1818
That the ancients should have attributed the causes and cures of maladies to their Gods, can scarcely excite our surprise and we ought at least to do justice to the piety, which inspired this belief. We cannot however but admire the simplicity of some of the Greeks, who have literally repeated as they seem to have literally believed, the traditions of the Egyptians, concerning the origin of the medical science. Diodorus relates with all possible gravity, that the sick, who received the advice of Isis, received it in their dreams. Neither perhaps can we hear without wonder from the polished Xenophon, and, what is yet more extraordinary, from Cyrillus, a father of the Church, that the medical instructors Of iesculapius were no Doctors of Sidon or Memphis, but Chiron the centaur, and Apis the sacred ox.
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