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Title: Early Byzantine Public Physicians
Subtitle: A Short-Lived Social Phenomenon with a Long History
Author(s): DMITRIEV, Sviatoslav
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 87    Date: 2017   
Pages: 207-231
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.87.0.3256906

Abstract :
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.

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