Four Humours


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Four Humours

Fringe medicine
The four major fluids in the body—yellow bile, phlegm, black bile and blood—which the Greeks believed corresponded to the four elements—fire, water, earth and air—in the universe. Now of historic interest, the Four Humours may be evoked or listed as part of a non-mainstream therapeutic philosophy or system that is not founded on currently accepted scientific principles.
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The four humours are blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile.
The works of these three men are filled with references to the standard beliefs of the day, that the body was a combination of four humours and that an imbalance in any one would cause either physical or mental illness.
At the time, medicine was based on the ancient Greek idea that health was a reflection of the balance between the four humours, namely black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood.
But before they can sample such delights they must take advice from the doctor on balancing their four humours.
The Four Humours, the latest collaboration between Barnett and Wolken--they are the only artistic directors who continue to work together--was included in the same evening as their 2000 work Davenen, set to music by Frank London as played by the Klezmatics.
The coverage takes in almost fifty private presses from many parts of Canada -- for example, the Barbarian Press from Mission, British Columbia, the Castle Paper and Press from Calgary, Editions du Silence from Montreal, The Four Humours Press from Winnipeg, and so on.