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The glorification of the physician (locus classicus: Hom. Il. 11.514) and his demonization (e.g. as mixer of poisons and unpunished murderer, Luc. Philopseudes) are the two poles at each end of the scale of public opinion. The sworn physician’s virtues (modesty, unselfishness, sense of responsibility), and complaints of physicians’ cardinal sins (pride, greed, irresponsibility), have remained more or less constant for thousands of years. They relate to one another in a complementary manner, so that pos…

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Rütten, Thomas, “Physician”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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