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 movement in the physique and make sure a person's healthiness, temper, and personality. for instance, an far more than black bile was once thought of a explanation for depression. the idea of humours remained an inexact yet robust device for hundreds of years, surviving medical alterations and providing readability to physicians.

This exceptional e-book follows the destiny of those variable and invisible fluids from their Western starting place in historical Greece to their present-day models. It strains their patience from scientific guidebooks of the prior to present health and wellbeing fads, from the stories of docs to the theories of scientists, physicians, and philosophers. by means of intertwining the histories of drugs, technology, psychology, and philosophy, Noga Arikha revisits and revises how we predict approximately all facets of our actual, psychological, and emotional selves.

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