TITLE

Purging

AUTHOR(S)
Seufert, Wolf
PUB. DATE
April 1999
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/06/99, Vol. 160 Issue 7, p1038
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Discusses the Greek doctrine regarding the derivation of disease from a bad mix, or dyskrasia, of the 4 elemental body fluids. Length of time the theory was left unchallenged or unproven; Swedish hematologist Robin Fahraeus' speculation the theory may have been based on clinical observation; Separation of blood into four apparent components through coagulation; What each may have been considered; Popularity of cleansing through bloodletting and enemas; Moliere's ridicule of the medical profession.
ACCESSION #
1734742

 

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