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Medicine and the Olympic Games of Antiquity

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Further to various articles, reports and information on the Olympic Games and as we are  approaching the day within this month – the 27th of July, for this unique event to begin, which takes place in London and other parts of the United Kingdom –  such as sailng in Wyemouth,  Dorset, herewith another piece of news:

Mr. Spyros Retsas MD FRCP, Consultant Medical Oncologist (Retired), reminds us of this exhibtion which many friends and viewers might have already visited, is a reminder of the Glory of  Greece, the cradle of many aspects of human life and cvilization, even in the world of Medicine and Sports. It will be a great opportunity and suggest you don’t miss same. We also suggest that this  exhibition is housed in an appropriate/purpose built museum where more artefatcs can be brought in to enhance the “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body”, Hellenism’s old maxim – and beyond!

The exhibition was launched on 1st June 2012 in the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine, at 1 Wimpole Street, London, and these sites herwbelow will greatly assist you – please log on: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/public/exhibitions.php and alslo on: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/librar/index.php

It is open to all, free of charge, on display Mondays to Fridays until the 20th July 2012.

Highlights include:

  • a high definition digital copy of the Oxyrhynchus BM1185 verso Papyrus fragment (courtesy of the British Library) listing ancient Olympian Victors
  • the case of the gout sufferer who raced and won the olive wreath at Olympia (according to Aretaeus)
  • the case of the boy Hysmon who overcame his neurological disorder and became a victorious pentathlete (according to Pausanias)
  • the medical consequences of the bad dream of the wrestler Myron of Ephesus (according to Rufus of Ephesus)
  • Galen’s ointment of the Olympic Victor

A commentary on the exhibits (appended) is also available in booklet form at the exhibition.

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