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The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia

J. T. Vallance


An ancient doctor who advocated the therapeutic benefits of wine and passive exercise was bound to be successful. However, Asclepiades of Bithynia did far more than reform much of traditional Hippocratic therapeutic practice; he devised an extraordinary physical theory which he used to explain all biological phenomena in uniformly simple terms. His work laid the theoretical basis for the anti-theoretical medical sect called Methodism. For his trouble he was despised by his intellectual progeny and, more importantly perhaps, by Galen. None of his work survives intact, but copious ancient testim ... More

Keywords: Asclepiades of Bithynia, Methodism, Galen, Hellenistic philosophy, Hellenistic medicine, Hippocratic therapeutic practice

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Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. T. Vallance, author
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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