Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

It is stated that glands are peculiar in that they are independent in their ailments: whereas trouble in the glands (a rare eventuality) affects the body as a whole, the glands are not affected by general trouble in the body. The glands draw and absorb moisture from the rest of the body and so contribute to the maintenance of bodily equilibrium. Glands exist in moist parts of the body; they feed on excess bodily moisture. Glands and hairs are to be found in the same places. The brain is said to be a gland or to be like a gland, in both anatomical and physiological terms, on the basis of its similarity in appearance to glands and its function in managing bodily moisture. The rationale for regarding the brain as glandular is twofold: the appearance of cerebral tissue, and the key place accorded to the head in flux theory.

Keywords: bodily moisture; brain; glands; hairs



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Hippocratic Treatise <i>On Glands</i> — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation