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The Cambridge Companion to Galen


  • Page extent: 476 pages
  • Size: 222 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.87 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 610.92
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: B577.G24 C36 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Galen

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521819541)

Galen of Pergamum (AD 129–c.216) was the most influential doctor of later antiquity, whose work was to influence medical theory and practice for more than fifteen hundred years. He was a prolific writer on anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and prognosis, pulse-doctrine, pharmacology, therapeutics, and the theory of medicine; but he also wrote extensively on philosophical topics, making original contributions to logic and the philosophy of science, and outlining a scientific epistemology which married a deep respect for empirical adequacy with a commitment to rigorous rational exposition and demonstration. He was also a vigorous polemicist, deeply involved in the doctrinal disputes among the medical schools of his day. This volume offers an introduction to and overview of Galen's achievement in all these fields, while seeking also to evaluate that achievement in the light of the advances made in Galen scholarship over the past thirty years.

• Offers a comprehensive assessment of the achievements of Galen • Comprehensive bibliography and list of translations, including material not previously translated into English • Fully cross-referenced between chapters


1. The man and his work R. J. Hankinson; 2. Galen and his contemporaries G. E. R. Lloyd; 3. Methodology Teun Tieleman; 4. Logic Ben Morison; 5. Language Ben Morison; 6. Epistemology R. J. Hankinson; 7. Psychology Pierluigi Donini; 8. Philosophy of Nature R. J. Hankinson; 9. Anatomy Julius Rocca; 10. Physiology Armelle Debru; 11. Therapeutics Philip van der Eijk; 12. Pharmacology Sabine Vogt; 13. Commentary Rebecca Flemming; 14. The fortunes of Galen Vivian Nutton.


'… essential reading for those in and out of the medical field.' SciTech Book News

'Hankinson has produced a very useful and informative volume, which, much in keeping with new appreciation of Galen described by Nutton, addresses the many facets of Galen: physician and medical researcher, to be sure, but also philosopher and man of letters.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'This volume is among the most important, not to say useful, volumes that Cambridge University Press has produced. Galen is a myrtle.' Medical History


R. J. Hankinson, G. E. R. Lloyd, Teun Tieleman, Ben Morison, Pierluigi Donini, Julius Rocca, Armelle Debru, Philip van der Eijk, Sabine Vogt, Rebecca Flemming, Vivian Nutton

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