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    Galen's pathological soul: diagnosis and therapy in ethical and medical texts and contexts

    Singer, Peter N. (2018) Galen's pathological soul: diagnosis and therapy in ethical and medical texts and contexts. In: Thumiger, Chiara and Singer, Peter N. (eds.) Mental Illness in Ancient Medicine: From Celsus to Paul of Aegina. Studies in Ancient Medicine 50. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 381-420. ISBN 9789004362727.

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    The chapter gives a thorough exploration of Galen's various approaches to the cure or treatment of the soul (psyche), which arise in the context of both his ethical and his medical writing. The two discourses are essentially separate and involve different interventions; at the same time they are intertwined in a complex way, centring on the notion of pathos and its relationship to psyche – pathos understood both as ethical shortcoming and as malfunction of the brain. The most relevant ethical and medical texts are analysed, and an account given of their different intellectual motivations and contexts.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Galen, psyche, soul, ancient medicine, history of psychiatry, ancient philosophy
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Peter Singer
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 07:00
    Last Modified: 04 Jul 2022 12:32


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