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Celsus, Aulus Cornelius

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Author(s): Schulze, Christian
d. in Rome, probably around AD 65; earliest extant Latin medical author (possibly a physician) and encyclopaedist. Works Conceived as an introductory work in 8 books, De medicina reflects the state of contemporary science in all important fields of medicine; originally combined with other texts under the (ancient?) title Artes. Additionally, there are other works of uncertain attribution, including: two letters, and a treatise on the conduct of the Parthian Wars (now lost). Manuscripts Most manuscripts, of what are probably two distinct families, are descendants of a single lost cod…