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Waxing lyrical: Ancient medical authors on wax and wax tablets

Totelin, Laurence ORCID: 2023. Waxing lyrical: Ancient medical authors on wax and wax tablets. Deltos 33 , pp. 13-18.

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This short survey discusses some of the uses of wax in ancient medicine: it was a key pharmacological ingredient; it served to create models of surgical tools; and it was a support for the writing of ancient recipes. Physicians distinguished between different types of wax, some of which were considered more efficacious than others. Wax could be consumed orally, but most commonly entered in the production of salves (cerates).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
ISSN: 2945-1205
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 August 2023
Date of Acceptance: 19 May 2023
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 09:48

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