The theory of the Four Humours

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When was the theory of the Four humours first developed?
Ancient Greek times
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What were the Four Humours?
blood, yellow bile, black bile, phlegm
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How do you become ill?
Illness is caused when the humours become unbalanced
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Give 4 factors that effect the humours
age, family traits, star sign and the seasons.
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Who created the theory of the Four Humours?
Hippocrates
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Who developed Hippocrates' ideas further?
Galen
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When?
Galen was a physician in Ancient Rome during the 2nd century CE
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What did Galen add to the theory of the Four Humours?
The Theory of Opposites
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What was the Theory of Opposites?
It was the idea that the humours could be balanced by using the opposite thing to the excess humour. For example to balance too much phlegm, which was linked to winter and the cold, you could be cured by eating hot peppers.
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Why was this theory so popular?
It was detailed and could explain any type of illness and there was no other scientific explanation for the cause of disease.
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Which four factors meant that people were still reading Galen in the Middle Ages?
There were a lack of alternatives, the collapse of the Roman Empire, the importance of book learning and the influence of the church.
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