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. Galen on food and diet galens method of investigation combines theoretical studies with philosophical investigation that is centered on his experience from his work one comes to understand that he was a careful physician who practiced and believed in moderation as the foundation of good health. At the apogee of ancient medical advances stood galen ad 129 c ad 210 once the personal physician to the emperor marcus aurelius a prolific writer among his surviving works is what he believed to be the definitive guide to a healthy diet based on the theory of the four humours in these treatises galen sets out this theory which was to be profoundly influential on medicine for many . Galen on food and diet is one of the most essential works in english which provides numerous entrancing insights into the ancient understanding of food and health from the knowledge base of galen the voluminous author to survive from antiquity and the greatest doctor of late antiquity. Food and diet in the hippocratic aphorisms food and diet feature prominently in the aphorisms of the hippocratic corpus for example in one aphorism in the first section hippocrates states things which are growing have the greatest natural warmth and accordingly need most nourishment failing this the body becomes exhausted
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