The real appeal to ancient wisdom

As many who take an interest in this subject know, one of the most common arguments that advocates of various medical woo often make is the appeal to ancient wisdom. They seem to think that if a treatment is old (homeopathy, acupuncture, various “energy healing” methods), there must be something to it because otherwise it wouldn’t have persisted. (Never mind that belief in ghosts and evil spirits, for example, has persisted for many thousands of years.)

Here is an explicit description of just what some of this “ancient medical wisdom” is, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, namely the ancient Romans and Greeks.