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The Therapeutics is, as the name itself indicates, a therapeutic text, and thus almost entirely lacks descriptions of diseases and background information on materia medica, humoral pathology, anatomy and other medical fields. Neither of the main versions of Therapeutics contains any direct statements on the context in which the text was used or commissioned. The commentator's familiarity with complex medical procedures and methods is also shown in his description how a pessary is to be made; it was used to induce periods, labour and urination. The only instance a magical procedure is mentioned is solely specific to L and absent from ℵ, Σ and also from the classicizing version transmitted in VW.

Keywords: commentator; therapeutic text



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