In the first years of the sixteenth century the De alimento, an Hippocratic treatise on nutrition, was considered inauthentic and had virtually no role in university instruction or the commentary tradition. In the middle of the sixteenth century, three prominent physicians—Francisco Vallés, Antonio Fracanzano, and Girolamo Cardano—wrote commentaries on the De alimento in which they claimed that Hippocrates was the true author of this work. They based their claims on philological evidence, such as style, language, and citations from the Galenic corpus. Their philological judgments, however, were colored by their understanding of medicine. Because these three physicians supported the dietetic method presented in the De alimento, they deemed this treatise to be useful and worthy of Hippocrates, the supposed father of medicine. Thus their philological evidence was influenced by the practical concerns of medicine. As a result, during the late Renaissance the work was widely considered to be authentic.

Printed Medical Commentaries and Authenticity: The Case of De Alimento

Craig MARTIN
2004-01-01

Abstract

In the first years of the sixteenth century the De alimento, an Hippocratic treatise on nutrition, was considered inauthentic and had virtually no role in university instruction or the commentary tradition. In the middle of the sixteenth century, three prominent physicians—Francisco Vallés, Antonio Fracanzano, and Girolamo Cardano—wrote commentaries on the De alimento in which they claimed that Hippocrates was the true author of this work. They based their claims on philological evidence, such as style, language, and citations from the Galenic corpus. Their philological judgments, however, were colored by their understanding of medicine. Because these three physicians supported the dietetic method presented in the De alimento, they deemed this treatise to be useful and worthy of Hippocrates, the supposed father of medicine. Thus their philological evidence was influenced by the practical concerns of medicine. As a result, during the late Renaissance the work was widely considered to be authentic.
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