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“Are you a Quack? The gall bladder is clearly the issue. Too much cold food!”
Dr. Cholericus claims his medical heritage and scholarly learning from the great schools around the Adriatic, although when pressed he's a bit evasive as to which specific school he attended. He is a specialist in the Yellow Bile humour. For him there is no disease or illness that cannot be handled with treatment of the gall bladder and the application of lots of fire.
The Yellow Bile (or choleric) humour corresponds to the element of fire and Summer. Imbalances in this humour were believed to be the cause of problems with the gall bladder. Yellow Bile is warm and dry and is complementary with Black Bile.
“You are all Quacks! The patient’s spleen is too wet!”
An esteemed and well respected doctor, Dr. Melancholicus is proud to claim that he is self-taught in the ways of healing and medicine with several patented elixirs to his credit and many claims of wondrous medical miracles. Since most of his patients are lying six feet under, few people are around to dispute his claims. Dr. Melancholicus is a specialist in the Black Bile humour. He always palpates a patient's spleen, even if the complaint is for a stubbed toe, and uses a specially prepared mixture of soil in his remedies.
The Black Bile (or melancholic) humour corresponds to the element of earth and Autumn. Imbalances in this humour were believed to be the cause of problems with the spleen. Black Bile is cold and dry and is complementary with Yellow Bile.
“Only a Quack would think that! Obviously, the problem is that the lungs are too warm!”
A studious man, Dr. Phlegmaticus studied in the renowned city of Oxford, England, though you'd be hard pressed to find any record of him at the famous college since most of his studies took place in the many pubs and alleys of that learned town. He is a specialist in the Phlegm humour and feels that someday his patented treatment of inhaling water directly into the lungs will prove to be the miracle cure of the medical profession.
The Phlegm (or phlegmatic) humour corresponds to the element of water and Winter. Imbalances in this humour were believed to be the cause of problems with the brain and lungs. Phlegm is cold and wet and is complementary with Blood.
“Ha! I’m no Quack. The patient is suffering an imbalance of air in the liver!”
A member of the French nobility, Dr. Sanguiticus has taught himself the ways of medicine. Certainly no medical school would be satisfactory enough for him to step into, let alone to learn from those of common breeding! Though of noble heritage, Dr. Sanguiticus is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands wet, especially with the blood of his patients. As a specialist in the Blood humour, Dr. Sanguiticus feels that the unrestrained treatment of blood-letting is the first and only treatment that should be tried. The fact that many of his patients die from blood loss does not seem to bother him in the slightest.
The Blood (or sanguine) humour corresponds to the element of air and Spring. Imbalances in this humour were believed to be the cause of problems with the liver. Blood is warm and wet and is complementary with Phlegm.