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The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia

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The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia by J.T. Vallance
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An ancient doctor who advocated the therapeutic benefits of wine and passive exercise was bound to be successful. However, Asclepiades of Bithynia did far more than reform much of traditional Hippocratic therapeutic practice; he devised an extraordinary physical theory which he used to explain all biological phenomena in uniformly simple terms. His work laid the theoretical basis for the anti-theoretical medical sect called Methodism. For his trouble he was despised by his intellectual progeny and, more importantly perhaps, by Galen. None of his work survives intact, but copious ancient testimonia relating to him allow us to reconstruct many details of the theory. His ideas offer us a fascinating glimpse of how Hellenistic philosophy and medicine interacted, and provide an introduction to one of the most intriguing doctrinal disputes in Greek science.
Release date NZ
October 4th, 1990
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
174
Dimensions
144x224x19
ISBN-13
9780198242482
Product ID
2247373

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