“The conflation of milk with blood is ancient: the Galenic school believed that excessive menstruation could be solved by draining milk from the breasts and that blood, semen and milk were all variants of the same liquid.”
“Querétaro, for example, had only two licensed doctors in 1787 to care for a population of 35,000.34 Filling this gap was a whole spectrum of healers representing various medical traditions, from rational Galenic therapy to magically oriented medical beliefs.”
“True to his Galenic training, Farfán explained this disease in terms of physical factors.”
“In the winter of 1533, a nineteen-year-old student from Brussels, Andreas Vesalius, arrived at the University of Paris hoping to learn Galenic anatomy and pathology and to start a practice in surgery.”
“Cancer, Galenic theory suggested, was the result of a systemic malignant state, an internal overdose of black bile.”
““All this makes it (at first) a very different case from a cancer which appears in an elderly man, whose fluids are become acrimonious from time,” he wrote (paying sly homage to Galen, while undermining Galenic theory).”
“Basic to Galenic conceptions of the body was the idea that an individual's temperament, or complexión, was partly determined by the environment, especially the climate of one's birthplace.”
“Translations of the Galenic and Hippocratic texts into Arabic in the ninth century spread humoralism throughout Muslim lands and during the Middle Ages these same texts were introduced into the Latin West, forming the basis of learned medicine for the next millennium.”
“The Galenic view was that an individual's life span was fixed by nature; thus, the goal of proper hygiene was to reach the allotted number of years.”
“Together with the translations of the Galenic corpus, Hunayn,”
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