Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wholistic approach in history (Galen of Pergamon)


Someone on FB posted an article about discovery of the page from an ancient manuscript of Galen.

I remembered reading about Galen in the EDDR, and my curiosity was peaked.

Below is what I found most interesting about Galen, as related to wholistic thinking.    

How far modern medicine removed itself from considering all the aspects of human health and well being...

If you like to read more, I included the links below.



Galen of Pergamon, a Greco-Roman physician and philosopher who died in 200 A.D.

"Under Hippocrates’ bodily humors theory, differences in human moods come as a consequence of imbalances in one of the four bodily fluids: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. Galen promoted this theory and the typology of human temperaments. An imbalance of each humor corresponded with a particular human temperament (blood—sanguine, black bile—melancholic, yellow bile—choleric, and phlegm—phlegmatic). Individuals with sanguine temperaments are extroverted and social. Choleric people have energy, passion and charisma. Melancholics are creative, kind and considerate. Phlegmatic temperaments are characterized by dependability, kindness, and affection.[35]"

 Posted at http://self.gutenberg.org/article/WHEBN0000012326/Galen

" he believed that the body was the physical vehicle for the indwelling soul.

 Galen's chief contributions to the theory of Greek Medicine were his theories of the three varieties of pneuma, or vital energy, and the Four Faculties of the organism.  He also developed and expanded the humoral physiology and pathology of Hippocrates.
     Proper organ function was very important to Galen's views on anatomy and physiology.  He tended to view health as the balanced, harmonious, optimal functioning of all the organs and systems of the body.
     Galen believed in the Aristotelian doctrine that, in Nature, form follows function.  If we want to understand the function of an organ, tissue or body part, we must first study its form."

posted at http://www.greekmedicine.net/whos_who/Galen.html

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