A significant other to Greek Literature offers a complete advent to the wide variety of texts and literary types produced within the Greek language over the process a millennium starting from the sixth century BCE as much as the early years of the Byzantine Empire.
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It is not the 'philosophical physician' attacked in the essay On ancient medicine for talking in broad generalizations about the nature of man, that corresponds to Plato's description of Hippocrates, so much as the 'empirical' author of that essay himself, who maintains, against the philosophical point of view, that the natures of men are different in kind, and that the effects of cheese on their stomachs must therefore be just as different. It would be hasty to conclude that the essay was therefore written by Hippocrates himself : Plato's description suits the authors of On diet in acute illness and Visits quite as well.
Scholars have tried again and again to use Plato's description of the Hippocratic method as a touchstone to separate the true works of Hippocrates from the rest of the corpus. But they have failed — not only because they misinterpreted the passage in Plato, but also because of the breadth and vagueness of his description, which uses the name of Hippocrates to exemplify an attitude that was widely prevalent in scientific medicine in the late fifth and the fourth centuries. Possibly it was Hippocrates who originated the method.
The chief difficulty in living by his rules would not be that they were too detailed but that they were too general. 78 The large work in four books On diet is a different kind of thing. 77 He was a philosopher; he liked systematic theories; but it is not right to call him a compiler. It is doubtful whether the problem has been brought nearer solution by those who have hitherto endeavoured to analyse his work. 78 For instance, they have asserted that certain parts of the book sound like Heraclitus, and that we can set them apart from those which go back to some natural philosopher.