Dietetics in Medieval Islamic Culture
Medical History, 43 (1999)
The origins of dietetics understood as”the systematic control of food and drink in order to conserve health or combat disease” may be traced back to the Hippocratic Corpus,written chiefly between 430 and 330BC. In Tradition in medicine the author argues that in the beginning man must have eaten the same food as the animals, that is,the produce of the earth, fruits, vegetables and grass. This diet of raw food caused many to suffer greatly and over time ways were discovered of preparing food better suited to man’s natural constitution.