Born: 124 BC
Birthplace: Prusa, Bithynia
Died: c. 40 BC
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: Ancient Greece
Executive summary: Corpuscular theory of medicine
Greek physician, born at Prusa in Bithynia 124 BC, and flourished at Rome in the end of the 2nd century BC. He travelled much when young, and seems at first to have settled at Rome as a rhetorician. In that profession he did not succeed, but he acquired great reputation as a physician. He founded his medical practice on a modification of the atomic or corpuscular theory of Democritus, according to which disease results from an irregular or inharmonious motion of the corpuscles of the body. His remedies were, therefore, directed to the restoration of harmony, and he trusted much to changes of diet, accompanied friction, bathing and exercise, though he also employed emetics and bleeding. He recommended the use of wine, and in every way strove to render himself as agreeable as possible to his patients. His pupils were very numerous, and the school formed by them was called the Methodical. Asclepiades died an advanced age.
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