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Pare my own version with Linacre’s Latin translation 1523 and the French rendering of Charles Daremberg 1854 56; in this respect I am also peculiarly fortunate in having had the help of Mr A W Pickard Cambridge of Balliol College Oxford who most kindly went through the Pg vi proofs and made many valuable suggestions from the point of view of exact scholarship My best thanks are due to the Editors for their courtesy and for the kindly interest they have taken in the work I have also gratefully to acknowledge the receipt of much assistance and encouragement from Sir William Osler Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford and from Dr J D Comrie first lecturer on the History of Medicine at Edinburgh University Professor D’Arcy W Thompson of U. A biological treatise mixed with some philosophical mattersIt s an advancement over previous works like Hippocrates even though he is well mentioned for considering nature a beau

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The text used is with a few unimportant modifications that of Kühn Vol II as edited by Georg Helmreich; Teubner Leipzig 1893 The numbers of the pages of Kühn’s edition are printed at the side of the Greek text a parallel mark || in the line indicating the exact point of division between Kühn’s pages Words in the English text which are enclosed in suare brackets are supplementary or explanatory; practically all explanations however are relegated to the footnotes or introduction In the footnotes also attention is drawn to words which are of particular philological interest from the point of view of modern medicine I have made the translation directly from the Greek; where passages of special difficulty occurred I have been able to com. The fact is that those who are enslaved to their sects are not merely devoid of all sound knowledge but they will not even stop to learn This little book was appended to my Grea

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Niversity College Dundee and Sir W T Thiselton Dyer late director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have very kindly helped me to identify several animals and plants mentioned by Galen I cannot conclude without expressing a word of gratitude to my former biological teachers Professors Patrick Geddes and J Arthur Thomson The experience reared on the foundation of their teaching has gone far to help me in interpreting the great medical biologist of Greece I should be glad to think that the present work might help however little to hasten the coming reunion between the “humanities” and modern biological science; their present separation I believe to be against the best interest of both A J B 22nd Stationary Hospital Aldershot March 1916. Galen is debatably less wrong than the earlier Greek physicians whom he so viciously decries but his crude anatomical theories have little bearing on modern medicine This edition


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  1. says:

    The fact is that those who are enslaved to their sects are not merely devoid of all sound knowledge but they will not even stop to learn This little book was appended to my Great Books of the Western World copy of the Hippocratic wri

  2. says:

    As I proceeded through the pages about urine bile and digestion I had difficulty understanding why Galen was included in B

  3. says:

    Galen's 200 AD view of medicine was based on that of his hero Hippocrates and was the standard view of medicine until the 1530s when Vesalius conducted his researches Galen's emphasis on the importance of blood letting in certain circumstances

  4. says:

    Apart from whatever merit Galen's work has this is a terrible edition Amateurish cheap antiuated and typo ridden

  5. says:

    Light but not entertaining reading and hard to see how it would be practically useful Galen presents his view of what the organs do sometimes he is right sometimes he is wrong The ideas in this book seem useless to an ancient doctor It does

  6. says:

    A biological treatise mixed with some philosophical mattersIt's an advancement over previous works like Hippocrates even though he is well mentioned for considering nature a beauty and having certain facultiesTreats food specially honey relati

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    Help me out MDs Am I right in seeing Galen as a progression and perhaps even a corrective to Hippocrates Eristitatus and others? Since my background in life science is very limited I hesitate to be either critical or precise I know ab

  8. says:

    Galen is debatably less wrong than the earlier Greek physicians whom he so viciously decries but his crude anatomical theories have little bear

  9. says:

    It's a most systematic and authoritative argument for his own take on scientific medicine in his day and make no wonder Marcus Aureliu

  10. says:

    Watching an ancient mind think especially on a topic like science helps clear away modern snobbishness