"The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole... For the part can never be well unless the whole is well."
Many readers may have heard this quote, but all would perhaps intuitively agree, and may feel they have known this all along.
Let us hope that Western medicine will take further steps in this direction; the creation of Psychiatry in the 20th Century, was a major step forwards.
Sadly, though, at the moment there appears to be a greater reliance on chemical drugs, rather than on seeking out what troubles the spirit, which then impinges on the body.
They seemed to know better in 380 BC!, here is the full quote:
“as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this, is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
For all good and evil, whether in the body or in human nature, originates, as he declared, in the soul, and overflows from thence, as if from the head into the eyes.
And therefore if the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first thing.
.....from Charmides by Plato 380 BC ( it's Socrates tallking to Charmides, and quoting their King, Zalmloxis, translated by Benjamin Jowett, 1871)
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