Cephalic Deformation in Ancient Greek Medicine and through Artistic Works

Konstantinos Laios, Marilita M Moschos, Maria Piangou, Konstantinos Tsirozoglou, George Androutsos


Ancient Greek medical literature and ancient Greek art are two valuable sources, in order to be understood the concept of cephalic deformities and especially hydroceph-aly in Greek antiquity. Ancient Greek physicians considered hydrocephaly as a wider pathological phenomenon, than its definition by modern medicine. This difference probably is a result of the profound attachment of ancient Greek physicians to the theory of the four humors. On the other hand, ancient Greek artists represented human figures having the characteristics of many cephalic deformities among them also hy-drocephaly as we conceive it today either as the only pathological characteristic of the figure or as a secondary one.


Ancient Greece Medicine, Cephalic deformities, Hydrocephaly, Down Syndrome, Dwarfism

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