Aretaeus of Cappadocia

Aretaeus of Cappadocia
(c. 150 AD)
   A classical physician of the pneumatic school who has been credited with making an early conceptual distinction between " illusions and hallucinations. Thus Aretaeus's work would seem to have foreshadowed the distinction between illusions and hallucinations that was made in 1832 by the French alienist Jean-Etienne Dominique Esquirol (1772-1840). Aretaeus has also been credited with providing the first description of the "rainbow spectrum, an extremely rare " bilateral spectrum occurring in the context of " migraine aura.
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