Cornelius Celsus and the treatment of fistula in ano: a surprise and a conundrum

Ratcliffe, John (2011). Cornelius Celsus and the treatment of fistula in ano: a surprise and a conundrum. In: Anne Mackay, ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings: Refereed papers from the 32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. ASCS 32: The Australasian Society for Classical Studies 32nd Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ, (1-6). 24-27 January, 2011.

Author Ratcliffe, John
Title of paper Cornelius Celsus and the treatment of fistula in ano: a surprise and a conundrum
Conference name ASCS 32: The Australasian Society for Classical Studies 32nd Annual Conference
Conference location Auckland, NZ
Conference dates 24-27 January, 2011
Proceedings title ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings: Refereed papers from the 32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies
Place of Publication Bundanoon, NSW, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS)
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Editor Anne Mackay
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Cornelius Celsus in the first century CE described a technique for treating fistula in ano which is clearly the basis of the modern treatment of that unpleasant condition with a ‘seton’. This is surprising because it was not realised that knowledge of the process in which the repair of tissues can follow a slow division of those tissues when an object migrates through the tissues; nor is it known whether the anatomy of the anal sphincter was known in the first century. The use of a loop of string through the fistula into the anal canal is not self evidently a way for curing the condition of fistula in ano. This raises the question as to how this form of treatment evolved. A theory is proposed which might answer this question in which it is suggested that the technique evolved, possibly empirically, as an intermediate technique between two forms of treatment reported in the Hippocratic treatise ΠΕΡΙΣΥΡΙΓΓΩΝ.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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