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Passions and Tempers A History of the Humours

ISBN-10: 0060731176
ISBN-13: 9780060731175
Edition: 2009
Authors: Noga Arikha
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Description: Physicians in ancient Greece believed four humours flowed within the human body-blood, phlegm, black bile, and choler-determining a person's health, mood, and character. Not until the seventeenth century would a more complex view of the anatomy  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Physicians in ancient Greece believed four humours flowed within the human body-blood, phlegm, black bile, and choler-determining a person's health, mood, and character. Not until the seventeenth century would a more complex view of the anatomy begin to emerge. But by then humoural theory had already become deeply ingrained in Western language and thought-and endures to this day in surprising ways. Interweaving the histories of medicine, science, psychology, and philosophy, Passions and Tempers explores the uncanny persistence of these variable, invisible fluids. It will change how we view our physical, mental, and emotional selves.

Noga Arikha was raised in Paris and received her doctorate in history at London's Warburg Institute. She was a fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and has taught at Bard College and the Bard Graduate Center. She lives in New York City.

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Prologue
A Note on Terminology
Foundations: Ancient Insights: (Antiquity: Sixth Century BC to Second Century AD)
Cosmic Elements
Human Elements
Types, Temperaments, and Environments
Prescriptions and Priests
From Greece to Alexandria
The Naked Eye
The Breath of Life
Alexandrian Sects and Galenic Travels
Primordial Passions
Three Souls
Essences: The Classical Trail: (Eastern Middle Ages: Seventh to Twelfth Centuries)
Byzantium
The Arab Conquest
Hunayn ibn-Is'haq and the Translators
Divine Creation and Human Frailty
Religion and Emotion
New Departures
Persian Insights
Out of Spain
Remedies: Miraculous Medicine: (Western Middle Ages: Fifth to Fourteenth Centuries)
Faith and Healing
Scholasticism and Humoural Care
Old Convictions
The High and the Low
Outsiders
Bloody Treatments
Verbena, Olives, and Herbal Power
Apothecaries, Alchemists, and Amulets
Airs, Waters, Places, Diets
Fearful Epidemics
Life After Death
Harmonies: Renaissance Bodies and Melancholy Souls: (Renaissance: Fifteenth Century to Early Seventeenth Century)
Hypochondria at Court
The Black Sun
Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics
Cosmic Attunement
Musical Therapy
Artistic Astrology
Paracelsus and the Magic of Nature
Corpses, Books, and Reputations
Beauty Beneath the Skin
New Bodies, Old Science
Diagnosing Melancholy
Love-Maladies
Uterine Fury and Satyriasis
Anti-Melancholy Antidotes
Nature: Of Blood, Airs, and Reasons: (Scientific Revolution: Seventeenth Century)
New Science, Old Bodies
Campanella's Heavens and Galileo's Revolutions
Atoms and Humours
From Spirits to Circulation
Harvey's Blood
Cartesian Souls
Anti-Humours
Empiricism
Medical Secrets and Popular Healers
Transfusions and Confusions
Brain: Passions and Nerves: (The Making of Modernity: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries)
Cartesian Humours
The Physiological Self
The Sensitive Soul
Introducing "Neurologie"
Enlightened Thinkers, Old-Fashioned Doctors, and the Embodied Mind
Of Mechanism and Vitalism
Nervous Juice
The Material Soul
Modern Humours
Mental Illness
Mesmerism
The Birth of Psychiatry
Brain Localization
Hypnosis, Hysterics, Neurosis
Science: Contemporary Humours: (Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries)
The Neurological Self
The Pharmaceutical Self
Brain Images and Body Image
The Emotional Self
New Temperaments
Mind Over Matter
The Regimen Returns
Full Circle
Endnotes
References
Picture Credits
Index

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