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November 14, 1896

Charaka Samhita.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980044014

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We have before mentioned this venerable treatise, interesting not only because of its great antiquity, but to the medical historian as showing much of the ancient knowledge that is still current.

This fasciculus begins the division on Virnānam. The object of the Virnānam is to help the physician to acquire a knowledge of the tastes. The various tastes are enumerated, and Hindu dietetics is discussed as then understood. "Lesson III" in this fasciculus treats of "how the destruction of cities and towns and villages are brought about."

In the matter of gastronomy The Charaka Samhita says:

"It (food) should also consist of such ingredients as would not form a combination of hostile potencies."

" One should take one's food in a place that is agreeable."

"The food one takes should, again, consist of dishes every one of which is agreeable. One should not eat with haste; or taking up a long

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