Asclepiades


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(ăs′klə-pī′ə-dēz′) fl. first century bc.
Greek physician born in Bithynia who theorized that disease is caused by an inharmonious flow of the corpuscles of the body. His methods for restoring harmony in the body included diet, exercise, and bathing. Asclepiades also advocated humane treatment of the mentally ill.
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But Asclepiades says that Arsinoe was the daughter of Leucippus, Perieres' son, and that to her and Apollo Asclepius and a daughter, Eriopis, were born: `And she bare in the palace Asclepius, leader of men, and Eriopis with the lovely hair, being subject in love to Phoebus.'
In defending both the existence of black bile and its importance in both health and sickness, he says, Galen provides excellent insights into his polemic strategy for refuting the theories of his rivals such as Erasistratus and Asclepiades. He considers such aspects as key influences of Galen's writing on black bile, his distinction of different types, and diseases it causes.
I leave off speaking of the several opinions of Asclepiades, Prassagora, Diocles, Ephilistion, Erasistratos, (17) and many others on the reason for which respiration has been bestowed on us, just as I decline also to say in what way it nourishes the spirits of the brain (as a subject that I do not say I don't know well), but on this occasion perhaps is excessive.
But he does not forget the more obscure ones: Hippasus of Metapontum, Oenopides of Chios, Hippo of Rhegium, Onomacritus, Heracleides Ponticus and Asclepiades the Bithynian (9).
(55) Catullus makes a similar boast in 32.7-8; Propertius boasts of his virility at 2.23.33; and the trope appears in Hellenistic epigram as well (Asclepiades, Anth.
c., era hijo de Nicomaco, medico y filosofo, y de Efestiada, su padre ejercia la medicina en la corte del rey Amintas II de Macedonia, su familia era descendiente de los Asclepiades, una de las dinastias medicas supuestamente descendientes de Asclepios (Gargantilla, 2009).