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Ancient Greek Anatomists: Galen

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Published May 31st 2010
ISBN : 9781156277904
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38 pages
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (September AD 129 199/217-MorePurchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (September AD 129 199/217- Greek:, Galnos, from adjective , calm), better known as Galen of Pergamum (modern-day Bergama, Turkey), was a prominent Roman physician and philosopher of Greek origin, and probably the most accomplished medical researcher of the Roman period. As the son of a wealthy architect with scholarly interests, Galen received a comprehensive and quality education that set him up for a successful career as a physician and philosopher. He traveled extensively, exposing himself to a wide variety of medical theories and discoveries, before settling in Rome, where he worked for elite clients and eventually was given the position of personal physician to several emperors. His theories dominated and influenced Western medical science for well over a millennium and continue to have an impact on modern medicine. His account of medical anatomy was based on monkeys as human dissection was not permitted in his time, but it was unsurpassed until the printed description and illustrations of human dissections by Andreas Vesalius in 1543. Galens account of the activities of the heart, arteries and veins endured until William Harvey established that the blood circulates with the heart acting as a pump in 1628. In the 19th century, student physicians would still read Galen to learn some concepts. Galen developed many nerve ligation experiments that supported the theory, which is still believed today, that the brain controls all the motions of the muscles by means of the cranial and peripheral nervous systems. He also performed several primitive and experimental surgeries, many of which were successful. Galen wrote a small work called That the Best Physician is also a Philosopher, and he saw himself as b... More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=12326