Miraculous fish therapy for leprosy (‘Elephant Disease’) and other skin diseases in Byzantium

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This article discusses a unique case of a miraculous fish therapy used for a variety of skin diseases, which seems to have been practised in the mid-fifth century at the shrine of St. Michael in the city of Germia (mod. Gümüşkonak). It aims to enhance our knowledge of Byzantine therapeutic approaches to ‘elephant disease’ and contribute to debates on modern fish spa therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalByzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2016

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