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On Temperaments. On Non-Uniform Distemperment. The Soul's Traits Depend on Bodily Temperament

Galen Ian Johnston

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Harvard Uni.Press Academi
01 December 2020
Galen of Pergamum (129??199/216), physician to the court of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, was a philosopher, scientist, medical historian, theoretician, and practitioner who wrote forcefully and prolifically on an astonishing range of subjects and whose impact on later eras rivaled that of Aristotle. Galen synthesized the entirety of Greek medicine as a basis for his own doctrines and practice, which comprehensively embraced theory, practical knowledge, experiment, logic, and a deep understanding of human life and society.

This volume presents three works of the greatest importance to Galen's theory and practice of medicine. On Temperaments sets out Galen's concept of the combination (krasis) of the four elemental qualities (hot, cold, wet, and dry), which is fundamental to his account of the structure and function of the human body and of animal and plant bodies generally, and is in turn essential to his theory of medical practice. The two related works, On Non-Uniform Distemperment and The Soul's Traits Depend on Bodily Temperament, deal with specific aspects of dyskrasia, which is a disturbance in the combination of these qualities. Appended are two related short treatises, On the Best Constitution of Our Body and On Good Bodily State.
By:   Galen
Edited and translated by:   Ian Johnston
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 162mm,  Width: 108mm, 
ISBN:   9780674997387
ISBN 10:   0674997387
Series:   Loeb Classical Library
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian Johnston is an independent scholar pursuing a lifelong passion for ancient languages.

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