Psychosomatic Concepts in Writings of Ancient Greek Philosophers (VIth to IIIrd Cent. B.C.)

  • Gerasimos A. Rigatos
  • Demosthenes B. Scarlos


Ancient greek medicine originates from the Asclepiia, the Gymnasia and the philosophical schools. The medicine of the philosophical schools is the medicine of the physical philosophers or physiologists, who, having as their objects the study of nature, have included within the frame of their investigations also the study of the human body’s function and the origin of diseases. The study of the human body’s function, was closely related to the investigations carried out on the human soul, it has helped the acquisition of knowledge about the function of the respiration, digestion, the senses and the mind, and it was principally connected to the aetiopathoge-nesis of diseases.


Medical Knowledge Entire Body Psychosomatic Medicine Human Soul Philosophical School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerasimos A. Rigatos
    • 1
  • Demosthenes B. Scarlos
    • 1
  1. 1.1st Department of Medical OncologySt. Sawas Cancer HospitalAthensGreece

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