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ASCLEPIUS AS A STUDENT OF CHIRON LEARNING SURGICAL SKILLS

"Aesculapius as Pupil of Chiron " (see related A | B | C | D | E) Jeam-Baptiste Reginault (1784-1829) Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Clinical medicine is an amalgam of science with art - art requires mastering techniques. In essence, an artist must first gain dexterity, master a technique, and acquire experience. Surgery implies mastering of manual skills complemented by knowledge of medicine.

Aesculapius (one of many spellings) learnt many manual (CHIRO in Greek implies hand or manual, as in chiromancy). His teacher was a centaur called CHIRON, to whom Apollo, the father of Asklepios, charged Chiron to educate his son.

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