on the treatment of depression

“Doctors soon began to propose oral remedies for melancholy. In the post-Hippocratic ancient world, Philotimus, for example, having noticed that many depressives complained of ‘a light head, arid, as though nothing existed,’ put a lead helmet on his patients so that they might be made fully aware that they had heads. Chryssipus of Cnides believed that the answer to depression was the consumption of more cauliflower, and he cautioned against basil, which he claimed could cause madness. Philistion and Plistonicus, opposing Chrysippus, prposed that basil was the best treatment for patients who had lost all feelings of vitality. Philogrius believed that many symptoms of depression came from loss of too much sperm in wet dreams, and he prescribed a mixture of ginger, pepper, epithem, and honey to control them. Anti-Philogrians of the period thought depression was the organic result of abstinence from sex and sent their patients back to the bedroom.” —The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon

Love this. I need to do some outside research to determine if any of it is actually true; I hope it is, because it’s fun.

Basically, I need to get eat more pesto and have a lot of sex. Or abstain from both.


~ by Not Alice on June 9, 2007.

One Response to “on the treatment of depression”

  1. Heh. So, which course are you going to pursue first?

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