Philinus of Cos

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Philinus of Cos (Greek: Φιλῖνος ὁ Κῷος; 3rd century BC) was a Greek physician. He was the reputed founder of the Empiric school. He was a pupil of Herophilus, a contemporary of Bacchius, and a predecessor of Serapion.[1] He wrote a work on part of the Hippocratic collection directed against Bacchius,[2] and also one on botany,[3] neither of which has survived. It is perhaps this later work that is quoted by Athenaeus,[4] Pliny ,[5] and Andromachus.[6]


  1. ^ Pseudo-Galen, Introd., c. 4, vol. xiv.
  2. ^ Erotianus, Lex. Hippocr. in v. Amben
  3. ^ Athenaeus, xv. p. 681, 682
  4. ^ Athenaeus, xv. 28. p. 681, 682
  5. ^ Pliny, H. N. xx. 91, and Index to books xx. and xxi.
  6. ^ Andromachus, ap Galen, De Compos. Medicam. sec. Loc., vii. 6, De Compos. Medicam. sec. Gen. v. 13, vol. xiii.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.