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Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours Paperback – July 22, 2008
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“...this persistent [humoural] theory...has much to teach us...” (New York Sun)
“Passions and Tempers may excite the passions and tempers...as a good work of intellectual history should.” (Washington Post)
“...a stimulating work that shows the Western mind nobly grappling with the inscrutable nature of the human body.” (Publishers Weekly)
“To Arikha’s immense credit, she provides a thoroughly documented account...” (New York Times Book Review)
“...a fine job...” (New York Times Book Review)
“Fascinating…[Passions and Tempers] challenges us to consider the value, and the meaning, of a discredited theory.” (Salon.com)
About the Author
Noga Arikha was raised in Paris and received her doctorate in history at London's Warburg Institute. She was a fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, and has taught at Bard College and the Bard Graduate Center. She lives in New York City.
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The concluding chapters on "New Age" medicine, eastern medicine and modern-day quackery (such as Pauling's belief - still widespread - about the efficacy of Vitamin C in combating viruses) underlined the fact that perhaps we are not as far removed from the strange medical practices and beliefs as we might initially think. Her discussion of the medical communities quest and struggle with the mind, consciousness (and, by extension, the soul) was also tremendously interesting.
For those involved in the medical field in any capacity, this is a tremendously interesting read. For students of history (especially the history of medicine), I imagine this is a must-read. Highly recommended.
Noga Artkha takes up this fascinating topic in her book Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours. Arkha takes us all the way back to the Greeks and Romans and then slowly builds through the Middle Ages. The plot thickens and theories of temperament are challenged with the emergence Descartes dualistic ideas about the mind and the body and Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood. When Locke argued that socialization and parenting plays a key part in individual identity, temperament theory is marginalized and personality theory becomes the leading explanation of individual psychology. I found this book mildly annoying because it got too much into the lives of individuals. It skids across the surface of history and does not include the impact of technology, economics and individualism on the change from temperament to personality. I would have appreciated more of a connection with psychological disorders. Nonetheless. a study of history of temperament is long overdue. And I was happy to stick with this book. It helped me very much on my research for a chapter in my book on the history of individualism in the west.