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Aristotle and his Medical Precursors on Digestion and Nutrition

Hynek Bartoš


In this essay I focus on the Hippocratic De carnibus and De diaeta and make the case that both texts, each in its peculiar way, represent a specific medical tradition upon which Aristotle draws in his accounts of nutrition and digestion and against which he introduces his own refined version of the concept of innate heat/fire.

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