Greek methods of diagnosis and treatment
First of all the doctor should look at the patient's face. The following are bad signs - sharp nose, hollow eyes, dry skin, strange colour of face such as green, black or leaden. If the face is like this, the doctor must ask the patient is he has lost sleep, or had diarrhoea, or not eaten.
Hippocrates, 'On Forecasting Disease' (c.500BC)
I think barley soup is better than all other cereal foods for chest diseases - also vinegar and honey, because they bring up phlegm.
A good thing is to apply a big soft sponge dipped in water. If the pain is spread as far as the collar bone, open the vein near the elbow and take away blood till it flows bright red.
A bath will help pneumonia as it soothes the pain and brings up phlegm. But the bather must be still. He must do nothing himself, but leave the pouring of the water and rubbing to others.
Hippocrates, 'On Acute Diseases' (c.500BC)
Once you have read the treatments described above, look for evidence that the Greeks:
Evidence that the Greeks: