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By Joel Mann

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"On the artwork of medicine," or "de Arte," embodies as possibly no different historical textual content the complete flower of the sophistic circulation of the 5th century BCE. it's a rhetorical epideixis during which forensic oratory, philosophy, and medication are woven into an bold exhibit of sophistic polymathy. not like a lot prior scholarship, notwithstanding, this booklet doesn't brush off "de Arte" as in simple terms rhetorical. Its research of the writer s philosophical and scientific perspectives unearths that he strove to advertise a constant and rationally grounded approach able to responding to theoretical and sensible criticisms levied through those that may deny that there has been this kind of factor as medication or techn at all."

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11–12 = L. 556), and this is consistent with the general pathology given in Loc. 30–31 = L. 290–292; trans. Craik). The author regularly associates phlegm with moisture, and ‘phlegm-moisture-growth’ as a theoretical axiom is taken to be broadly explanatory of health and disease (Craik 1998, 15). At the most basic physical level, two qualitative axes are operative: the hot-cold and the dry-moist: Pain occurs because of cold and because of heat and because of excess and because of deficiency. Pain occurs in parts of the body which have been chilled naturally, parts on the outside of the body towards the skin, by what heats too much, and in parts which are naturally hot by the cold; and in naturally dry parts by being moistened, and in naturally moist parts by being dried.

His conclusion is that de Arte is thoroughly ‘Coan’ and, thus, ‘Hippocratic’ (1964, 320), and while I will not wade into the dark waters surrounding such designations, some of the evidence cited by Vegetti in defense of his thesis deserves attention. , and Prog. 4 in connection with the first two. For it was by fasting or by overeating (ἀσιτίῃ ἢ πολυφαγίῃ), by drinking much fluid or by abstaining from it, by bathing or by not bathing, by vigorous exercise or by rest, by sleep or by wakefulness, or by using some combination of these that they recovered.

474; Alim. 2–3 = L. 106) and Empedocles (Vict. 25–26 = L. 474; Alim. 16–17 = L. 100). It is the last of these who ties Alim. perhaps most closely to de Arte. , Inwood 26 9–10 = DK 31 B21, Inwood 27 5–6 = DK 31 B23), the author of Alim. 16 = L. 2–3 and my notes). 4; Alim. 20–22 = L. 4; Alim. 20–22 = L. 2; Alim. 4; Alim. 12 = L. ; Alim. 22–23 = L. 6 = L. 104). The two treatises have more specific medical content in common, as well. When the author of Alim. 7–13 = L. 5; cf. also Alim. 16 = L. 106, which mentions sediment in the urine), and he ends the section with a sophistic declaration of relativity like the one that concludes de Arte’s discussion of secretions and their semiotic value (Alim.

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