Draco (physician)

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Draco (or Dracon, Greek: Δράκον) was the name of several physicians in the family of Hippocrates.

  • Draco I. Lived 5th to 4th centuries BC, was the son of Hippocrates, the famous physician (Hippocrates II). He was the brother of Thessalus.[1] Galen tells us that some of the writings of Hippocrates was attributed to his son Draco.
  • Draco II. According to the Suda,[2] the son of Thessalus and grandson of Hippocrates II. He was the father of Hippocrates IV,[3] and would have been the brother of Hippocrates III. He would have lived in the 4th century BC.
  • Draco III. According to the Suda,[4] the son of Hippocrates IV.

There may, however, be some confusion in the Suda, and it is possible that these three physicians are not all distinct persons.


  1. ^ John Tzetzes, Chil. vii. Hist. 155; Suda, Hippocrates, ι567; Galen, De Difficult. Respir., ii. 8, vol. vii.; Comment in Hippocr. Praedict. I., ii. 52, vol xvi.; Comment in Hippocr. De Nat. Hom., ii. 1, col. xv; Thessali, Orat. ad Aram, and Sorani, Vita Hippocr. in Hippocr. Opera, vol. iii
  2. ^ Suda, Dracon, δ1497
  3. ^ Suda, Hippocrates, ι567
  4. ^ Suda, Dracon, δ1497