Explain ‘The Theory of the Four Humours’ importance in medicine
Hippocrates’ Theory of the Four Humours was where he believed the human body was made up of four humours (or liquids) – phlegm, black bile, yellow bile and blood. Many people believed Hippocrates theory until Galen proved him wrong – but it was still important as it was used for so many years. His theory was that if you had a cold, you could treat it by eating or drinking something hot. This worked on occasions but it wasn’t due to his theory – just because people can recover from colds from keeping warm, etc. It was very important to medicine as generations of Doctors were taught using his theory and it was a successful form of treatment until Galen proved him wrong and Pasteur’s Germ Theory was widely accepted.
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