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By Galen, John M. Wilkins

Author note: John Wilkins (Foreword), Owen Powell (Editor and Translator)
Publish yr note: First released Janurary fifteenth 1999

Until lately an English translation of Galen's [/i]On the houses of Foodstuffs[/i] didn't exist.

This paintings, via one of many maximum of old physicians, offers a lucid description of the ways that meals have been proposal to impact the physique and have been in flip suffering from it. It includes revealing fragments of social remark. A retired medical professional with a selected curiosity in gastroenterology, Owen Powell deals the main exact translation of the paintings presently to be had, together with the 1st targeted creation, remark and dialogue of terminology.

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Once the food is in that organ, as well as whatever liquid has been taken with it, the retentive property of the stomach ensures that it stays there while the alterative property, acting through the process of pepsis, converts it into a fluid (chymos) or chyme of a quality appropriate to that individual. Pepsis was thought of in much the same light as cooking, and resulted from the action of the body’s innate heat. For this reason it is translated here as concoction, rather than the digestion of some translators, as I discuss later.

Loeb Galen on the Natural Faculties, .  Galen: On the Properties of Foodstuffs theory; indeed, most probably the ‘theory’ itself would have been stillborn. The purpose of measurement in medicine is essentially one of comparison, whether it be comparison of repeated measurements of the same variable in the one individual to detect change over time, or the comparison in an individual of the measurement of a particular variable with its so-called ‘normal range’, in other words as measured in a population of ‘normal’ individuals.

On Black Bile K. ,. On its invisibility, see Nutton in Bynum and Porter () . On the distinction from black humour, On the Natural Faculties K.  = Loeb Galen on the Natural Faculties, . On seasonal factors see Sch¨oner (). On the Natural Faculties K.  = Loeb Galen on the Natural Faculties,  (Brock’s translation).  Galen: On the Properties of Foodstuffs Galen saw the processes by which substance in the external environment became part of and identical to substance in the animal body we must look elsewhere in his writings.

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