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Dr Rob Hicks


December 20, 2019

The ‘four humours’ approach to medical diagnosis was developed originally by Hippocrates and Galen, ancient Greek physicians, to aid in diagnosis of illness. They believed that illness arose when there was an imbalance of one of the four humours - blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile – the right balance of these metabolic agents being necessary for good health. Physicians would check the colour, smell, and taste of urine, to assess a person’s state of health – affectionately known in modern day medicine as ‘taking the piss’ …


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