Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Gaius Marius, his Varicose Veins and the Small Hook

It is well attested by both Pliny and Plutarch that the great Roman general and uncle to Julius Caesar had varicose veins operated upon (Pliny N.H. 11. 252., Plut. Mar. 6.3).

Cornelius Celsus in the first century gives a clear description as to how to do this operation, using either a red-hot cautery iron, or by cutting out the veins (Celsus. de Medicina. VII.31.1-3). Either way it would have been very painful but Celsus gives a clue in his text as how he may have made the procedures less painful than we might think.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.