I lay ill ; but soon Symmarchus sought me
With a class of a hundred young men,
Whose hundred cold paws have brought me
The fever I lacked till then.
– Ep. v. 9 of Martial (A.D. ?40-130) translated by Raymond Crawfurd
Excerpt from The History of Clinical Medicine (Principally of Clinical Teaching) in the British Isles (1939) written by Humphry Rolleston.