Whither Prometheus' Liver? Greek Myth and the Science of Regeneration

  title={Whither Prometheus' Liver? Greek Myth and the Science of Regeneration},
  author={Carl Power and John E. J. Rasko},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
Key Summary Points Many cite the myth of Prometheus as proof that the ancient Greeks were familiar with liver regeneration, knowledge that was lost for thousands of years. The ancient art of hepatoscopy may have taught the Greeks much about the superficial structure of animal livers, but it would not have revealed the livers' function and regenerative capacity. As Homer's work attests, early Greek medicine yielded very limited knowledge of human anatomy. Healers were unable to undertake major… 
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