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Methods used by the hippocratic physicians for weight reduction.
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PMID:  15107945     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In classical antiquity, particularly in the Hippocratic Corpus, obesity was considered the cause of disease and, in the extreme, death. This attitude mirrors the general ideology of the times where any deviation from the norm and from logic was unacceptable. The image of balance and of the ideal body weight was clearly depicted in ancient Greek art. The same attitude is reflected in the Hippocratic texts where obesity is again condemned as a deviation from the norm. The cause of obesity refers to the surplus of one of the liquids circulating in the body. Thus treatment points mainly to restoring the balance of liquids. This is accomplished by diet, drugs, and most importantly exercise. Walking, running, wrestling, and other practices are advised together with baths, massage, rest, and the "appropriate" life style.
Helen Christopoulou-Aletra; Niki Papavramidou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article     Date:  2004-04-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  World journal of surgery     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0364-2313     ISO Abbreviation:  World J Surg     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-18     Completed Date:  2004-10-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704052     Medline TA:  World J Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  513-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
History of Medicine, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Greek World / history*
History, Ancient
Obesity / history*,  therapy

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