Selected Works

Selected Works

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Galen (AD 129-c.200), researcher and scholar, surgeon and philosopher, logician, herbalist and personal physician to the emperor Marcus Aurelius, was an influential and multi-faceted medical author of antiquity. The work of Galen is interesting both for its innovations (especially in anatomy and in the physiology of the brain and the nervous and vascular systems) and for its remarkable synthesis of previous ideas, in particular the famous "four-humour" theory and the Platonic philosophy of the mind. He dominated medical theory and practice until the scientific revolution and beyond, through the medieval schools and through his influence on Muslim medicine. This volume functions as an essential introduction to his "medical philosophy" and includes translations of several major works. At the same time it presents an insight into medical practice and intellectual and everyday life in ancient Rome.
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  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 104 x 184 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192824503
  • 9780192824509

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The translated works of Galen selected are: My own books; The order of my own books; The best doctor is also a philosopher; An exhortation to study the arts; To Thrasyboulos: Is healthiness a part of medicine or of gymnastics?; The affections and errors of the soul; The soul's dependence on the body; The construction of the embryo; Mixtures, Book I, Book II, Book III; The best constitution of our bodies; Good condition; The exercise with the small ball; The thinning diet; The pulse for beginners;,The art of medicine.
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