References to Anesthesia, Pain, and Analgesia in the Hippocratic Collection

  title={References to Anesthesia, Pain, and Analgesia in the Hippocratic Collection},
  author={Elisabeth Astyrakaki and Alexandra Papaioannou and Helen Askitopoulou},
  journal={Anesthesia \& Analgesia},
The Hippocratic Collection, containing 60 medical texts by Hippocrates and his pupils, was searched using the electronic database Thesaurus Lingua Graeca to identify the words “anaesthesia” and “analgesia,” their derivatives and also words related to pain. Our purpose was to investigate the special use and meaning of these words and their significance in medical terms. The word “anaesthesia” appears 12 times in five Hippocratic texts to describe loss of sensation by a disease process. This… 

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