Wellbeing: A Cultural History of Healthy Living

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This authoritative new book offers a panoramic overview on healthand healthy living from classical Antiquity through to themid-nineteenth century, when scientific medicine began to gainascendancy.

Klaus Bergdolt offers the reader a lively and well exemplifiedaccount of the numerous historical manifestations of dieteticsshowing that despite the diversity of notions of healthy and ill',directions on healthy living remain surprisingly constantthroughout the centuries.

Notwithstanding his admiration for the achievements of modernmedicine, Bergdolt regrets that the simplest dietetic principlessuch as moderation, as well as the notion of individualresponsibility for ones own health, are increasingly neglected, andthat the old health precepts are frequently divorced from modernmedicine. However, some circumstances, including economicconstraints, speak in favour of a better balance between scientificmedicine and traditional teachings on healthy living.

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Klaus Bergdolt is Professor of History and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Cologne.

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