Clinical Observation and the Four Humours


The Four Humours and Clinical Observation

Introductory information and activities on the Theory of the Four Humours and Clinical Observation.


Clinical Observation and the Four Humours

This worksheet provides an overview of the Theory of the Four Humours. It relates it to the way in which an Ancient Greek Doctor may have applied the theory in practise. Clinical Observation was the system of establishing what the illness was and the best way of treating it. It is very similar to the way that a doctor will listen to a patient, examine them and run tests today.

The worksheet provides:

  • background information on the Theory of the Four Humours
  • a flow chart to illustrate how Clinical Observation was conducted
  • a brief source based activity to illustrate change from Supernatural to Natural medicine
  • Chart based exercise to consolidate knowledge


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