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Those investigators believed that they can understand a specific thing if their wisdom logically from what they thought of a valid premise. In flip they dependent their premises mainly on statement. This dedication to common sense coupled with man’s ambition to work out the whole international in a entire and cohesive approach really imposed blinders on technological know-how ordinarily and on medication specifically. the manager enemy of development, satirically, turned natural cause. And for the majority of 2 and a part millennia—twenty-five hundred years—the real therapy of sufferers by means of physicians made virtually no development in any respect. One can't blame faith or superstition for this loss of development. within the West, starting a minimum of years earlier than the beginning of Christ, drugs was once mostly secular. whereas Hippocratic healers—the numerous Hippocratic texts have been written by way of diverse people—did run temples and settle for pluralistic reasons for ailment, they driven for cloth causes. Hippocrates himself was once born in nearly 460 B. C. at the Sacred affliction, one of many extra well-known Hippocratic texts and one frequently attributed to him at once, even mocked theories that attributed epilepsy to the intervention of gods. He and his fans encouraged unique statement, then theorizing. because the texts said, “For a conception is a composite reminiscence of items apprehended with experience belief. ” “But conclusions that are basically verbal can't endure fruit. ” “I approve of theorizing additionally if it lays its beginning in incident, and deduces its end based on phenomena. ” but when such an method seems like that of a contemporary investigator, a latest scientist, it lacked singularly vital components. First, Hippocrates and his affiliates basically saw nature. they didn't probe it. This failure to probe nature was once to a point comprehensible. To dissect a human physique then used to be unattainable. however the authors of the Hippocratic texts didn't try their conclusions and theories. A conception needs to make a prediction to be beneficial or scientific—ultimately it needs to say, If this, then that—and checking out that prediction is the one most vital portion of glossy technique. as soon as that prediction is proven, it needs to enhance one other one for trying out. it may possibly by no means stand nonetheless. those that wrote the Hippocratic texts, even though, saw passively and reasoned actively. Their cautious observations famous mucus discharges, menstrual bleeding, watery evacuations in dysentery, they usually most likely saw blood left to face, which over the years separates into numerous layers, one approximately transparent, one in every of a little bit yellowy serum, one in all darker blood. in line with those observations, they hypothesized that there have been 4 types of physically fluids, or “humours”: blood, phlegm, bile, and black bile. (This terminology survives this day within the word “humoral immunity,” which refers to parts of the immune procedure, resembling antibodies, that flow within the blood. ) This speculation made feel, comported with observations, and will clarify many indicators.