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Other| Volume 67, ISSUE 2, P158, February 1992

Medical Mythology: Chiron the Centaur

      In ancient mythology, not all centaurs were violent and lustful. Although their general character was that of wild, lawless, and inhospitable beings, one—Chiron—was wise and just. Chiron, the wisest of all centaurs, was the teacher of the Greek heroes Jason, Hercules, Asklepios, and Achilles. Chiron was well versed in medicine, music, prophecy, and hunting, having been raised and educated by Apollo and his wife, Artemis. Chiron was the son of the god Cronus and the sea nymph Philyra. He lived in a cave at the foot of Mount Pelion in Thessaly (a region in eastern Greece).
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