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Copy of bust of Marcus Modius Asiaticus, a Roman physician

Marcus Modius Asiaticus was a Roman physician living sometime during the 100s CE. He followed the so-called ‘Methodist’ theory of disease put forward by the Greek physician Asclepiades of Bythnia (d. 91 BCE). Classical ‘Methodists’ believed that sickness was due either to excessive ‘constriction’ or excessive ‘flux’. They used gentle hygienic treatment, especially exercise and baths. This bust is copy of an original from the 100s.

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Glossary: bust

Representations of only the head and shoulders of a human figure.