REVIEWS Samuel Fernández, Cristo Médico, según Origenes. La actividad médica como metáfora de la acción divina. Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 64. Rome: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum 1999. 327 pages. ISBN 88-7961-033-3. Price 65000 Lire. This monograph represents the doctoral dissertation of a young Chilean scholar, prepared at the Augustinianum in Rome under the supervision of Professor Manlio Simonetti. Specialists in the thought of Origcn will cer- tainly be interested in it, because it is the first systematic treatment on this scale of the metaphor of illness and healing so pervasive in the Alexandrian's writings. The book is divided into four parts. The first introduces the nec- essary background, both in the philosophical and the biblical tradition. The author then studies his theme from the viewpoint of the illness (Part 2), the patient (Part 3) and the doctor (Part 4). These three parts correspond exactly to the three aspects of the practice of medicine, as defined in the Hippocratic corpus (Epid. 1.2.5). The last-mentioned part is again divided into two, first expounding the role of God as doctor and then that of Christ as doctor. In these three parts an exhaustive analysis is given of the numerous texts scattered throughout the
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