Galen On Food And Diet

Galen On Food And Diet

by Mark Grant
     
 

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.
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415232326
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/11/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2On the Humours14
3On Black Bile19
4On Uneven Bad Temperament37
5On the Causes of Disease46
6On Barley Soup62
7On the Powers of Foods: Book 168
8On the Powers of Foods: Book 2109
9On the Powers of Foods: Book 3154
Glossary of plant names191
Notes194
Editions and translations of ancient authors203
Bibliography206
Index210

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