Frequently Asked Questions
How does hippocrates and aristotole relate to the origin of the link between
physical activity and health?
Hippocrates is considered the "father of medicine" and while he was reluctant to
believe the ideas of Herodicus (therapeutic gymnastics) at first, he later
acknowledged that exercise is important to health and prescribed it for mental
and physical illness.
Later, Aristotle, greek philosopher and teacher to Alexander the Great, also
influenced by the early physicians, believed in exercise for treating patients, but
also believed it should be used to prevent illness in the first place. Because he
was a famous philosopher, his beliefs were documented and were studied in
other countries much later in history. His writings were studied in Italy, so that is
what then influenced the Italian scholars that I spoke about in class.
What are Mill’s Cannons?
The Mills Cannons are from the lecture on Evaluating Epidemiological Evidence.
They are the same as the Five Criteria for determining causality - Temporal