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Title: Early Byzantine Public Physicians
Subtitle: A Short-Lived Social Phenomenon with a Long History
Author(s): DMITRIEV, Sviatoslav
Volume: 87 Date: 2017
Studying public physicians in early Byzantium within a broader historical, social, administrative, and religious context suggests explaining their decline not (only) by the rise of hospitals and by Justinian’s abolition of immunity from liturgies and of local financial support for them, as has been the majority opinion. These should rather be seen as contributing factors, whereas the disappearance of public physicians directly resulted from their gradual transformation into state officials and incorporation into the imperial administration.