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Aeschrion (Gr. Αισχρίων) of Pergamon was a physician in the 2nd century AD.[1] He was one of Galen's tutors, who says that he belonged to the sect of the Empirici, and that he had a great knowledge of pharmacy and materia medica. Aeschrion was the inventor of a celebrated superstitious remedy for the bite of a mad dog, which is mentioned with approbation by Galen and Oribasius,[2] and of which the most important ingredient was powdered crawfish. These he directs to be caught at a time when the sun and moon were in a particular relative position, and to be baked alive.[3][4]


  1. ^ Greenhill, William Alexander (1867), "Aeschrion (4)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, p. 40
  2. ^ Synops. iii. p. 55
  3. ^ Galen, De Simpl. Medic. Facult. xi. 34, vol. xii. p. 356
  4. ^ C. G. Kühn, Additam. ad Elencli. Med. Vet. a J. A. Fabric, in "Bill. Gr." exhibit

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Aeschrion (4)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.