Asclepius at the nexus of divination and medicine
Poyer, Elizabeth S.
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Hippocratic medical theory developed from presocratic cosmology, while Hippocratic medical praxis borrowed from pre-existing divinatory mechanisms and sign inference. The cult of Asclepius was centered on oracle sanctuaries at which worshippers experienced visions of the god employing contemporary Hippocratic methods of healing. The web of connections between divination, medicine and Asclepius' cult in the cultural imagination resulted in divinatory practice more closely resembling medicine than it did other types of religious acts; medicine resembling divination more than it did other types of early science and philosophy; and the interaction between Asclepius and his worshippers involving medical techniques practiced in an oracular setting, thus making his cult distinct from that of other deities.