Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

Noga Arikha

The humours—blood, phlegm, black bile, and choler—were elements notion to move in the physique and confirm a person's health and wellbeing, temper, and personality. for instance, an far more than black bile used to be thought of a reason behind depression. the speculation of humours remained an inexact yet robust instrument for hundreds of years, surviving clinical alterations and delivering readability to physicians.

This different ebook follows the destiny of those variable and invisible fluids from their Western beginning in historical Greece to their present-day models. It strains their endurance from clinical guidebooks of the previous to present healthiness fads, from the stories of doctors to the theories of scientists, physicians, and philosophers. by means of intertwining the histories of medication, technological know-how, psychology, and philosophy, Noga Arikha revisits and revises how we expect approximately all points of our actual, psychological, and emotional selves.

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