Galen on Food and Diet / Edition 1

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Galen, the personal physician of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, wrote what was long regarded as the definitive guide to a healthy diet, and profoundly influenced medical thought for centuries. Based on his theory of the four humours, these works describe the effects on health of a vast range of foods including lettuce, lard, peaches and hyacinths.
This book makes all his texts on food available in English for the first time, and provides many captivating insights into the ancient understanding of food and health.

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Grant (classics, Haileybury College, Hertford, England) presents readable translations of all Galen's food writings: "On the humours," "On black bile," "On uneven bad temperament," "On the causes of disease," "On barley soup," and the three books of "On the powers of foods." He provides a detailed portrait of the elaborate system of effects on health everyday foods were believed to have on the body, how they were used for medicine as well as how they were commonly eaten, and how, in general, the ancient Romans understood the human organism in Galen's home in Pergamum in the second century AD. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415232333
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 On the Humours 14
3 On Black Bile 19
4 On Uneven Bad Temperament 37
5 On the Causes of Disease 46
6 On Barley Soup 62
7 On the Powers of Foods: Book 1 68
8 On the Powers of Foods: Book 2 109
9 On the Powers of Foods: Book 3 154
Glossary of plant names 191
Notes 194
Editions and translations of ancient authors 203
Bibliography 206
Index 210
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