Towards a History of Prophylaxis and Dietetics against Cancer, Some Examples from Renaissance to Enlightenment
Published on: 2019-07-05
Establishing a parallel between cancer and elephantiasis, Galen posits a link between the latter and the diet and the heat of the country. In Alexandria, many people are suffering from that disease because they eat a lot of porridge made of groats, lentils, snails and salted fish. But it is the contrary in Germany and elephantiasis almost never appears among the Scythians who drink a lot of milk. Galen’s reader may think that diet determines in the same way the occurrence of cancer as it generates a thick and melancholic humour.