The operating theater at the Paris School of Medicine, 1890/Wikimedia Commons

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.

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