Imperforate anus and perianal fistula in Ancient Greek medical writings

Authors Greogory Tsoukalas, Fotini Gentimi, Antonis A. Kousoulis, Marianna Karamanou, George Androutsos.


Anorectal malformations remain a challenging topic in pediatric surgery, known since antiquity.
In our paper we expose the main descriptions and therapeutic approaches of imperforate
anus and perianal fistula through the works of the ancient Greek and Byzantine physicians.

Keywords imperforate anus, perianal fistula, Hippocrates, Oribasius, Paul of Aegina

Ann Gastroenterol 2012; 25 (3): 241-242

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