Asclepiades

[ ăs′klə-pīə-dēz′ ]
fl. first century bc

Greek physician born in Bithynia who theorized that disease is caused by an inharmonious flow of the corpuscles of the body. His methods for restoring harmony in the body included diet, exercise, and bathing. Asclepiades also advocated humane treatment of the mentally ill.

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