- In Greek mythology, Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis, were
the children of Zeus and Leto and were born on the island of Delos.
Hence, Apollo was often called the Delian god, and Delos long
remained a center of his worship. He was also identified closely
with Delphi, in central Greece, where he killed the serpent Python
and founded the most renowned center for prophecy in the ancient
world, the shrine of the Delphic Oracle. Areas of special concern to
Apollo were prophecy, medicine, the fine arts, archery,
beauty, flocks and herds, law, courage, and wisdom.
- Grolier's Encyclopedia
- According to legend, medicine, taught to Chiron by Apollo, was in
turn passed on to Aesculapius, who may have been a real man
who lived about 1200 BC, but later was thought to be a god and was
worshiped in temples of healing. Inscriptions on these temples
record the treatment of disease, consisting of rest, exercise, diet,
and magic. - Grolier's Encyclopedia
- A medicated plug of wool, lint, etc., to be inserted in the neck
of the womb, or other aperture of the body, for the cure
of various ailments; a suppository.
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Laboring Under The Stone
- Suffering from kidney stones.