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By Susan P. Mattern

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Galen of Pergamum (A.D. 129 - ca. 216) all started his amazing occupation tending to wounded gladiators in provincial Asia Minor. Later in existence he accomplished nice contrast as one among a small circle of courtroom physicians to the kin of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, on the very middle of Roman society. Susan Mattern's The Prince of Medicine bargains the 1st authoritative biography in English of this magnificent, audacious, and profoundly influential determine.

Like many Greek intellectuals residing within the excessive Roman Empire, Galen used to be a prodigious polymath, writing on topics as different as ethics and eczema, grammar and gout. certainly, he used to be (as he claimed) as very popular in his lifetime for his philosophical works as for his scientific treatises. although, it's for drugs that he's so much remembered at the present time, and from the later Roman Empire throughout the Renaissance, clinical schooling used to be dependent principally on his works. Even as much as the 20th century, he remained the only such a lot influential determine in Western medication. but he used to be a classy person, choked with breathtaking conceitedness, shameless self-promotion, and lacerating wit. He was once fiercely aggressive, as soon as disemboweling a reside monkey and hard the physicians in attendance to properly exchange its organs. Relentless in his pursuit of whatever that might remedy the sufferer, he insisted on rigorous commentary and, occasionally, bold experimentation. Even confronting certainly one of history's such a lot bad events--a devastating outbreak of smallpox--he continued, bearing sufferer witness to its predations, yr after 12 months.

The Prince of Medicine supplies us Galen as he lived his existence, within the urban of Rome at its apex of energy and decadence, between his acquaintances, his opponents, and his sufferers. It bargains a deeply human and long-overdue portrait of 1 of historic history's most vital and fascinating figures.

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Mithradates then swept southeast-ward to the Roman province with the bulk of his army, said to have numbered 150,000, proclaiming himself the liberator of the Greeks. Three generals sent from Rome with much smaller forces were routed or fled. Most cities received him with enthusiasm, though some remained loyal to the Romans and stood siege. Pergamum was in the former category and surrendered immediately. Mithradates appointed “satraps” to rule the former territory of the Romans. And then, notoriously, he proclaimed a genocidal slaughter of all Romans and Italians in Asia, male and female, adults, children, and slaves.

Mattock, “A Translation of the Arabic Epitome of Galen’s Book Пɛρί ἢɵων,” in Islamic Philosophy and the Classical Tradition, ed. S. M. Stern, Albert Hourani, and Vivian Brown. Festschrift Richard Walzer (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1972). Morb. Diff. = De morborum differentiis (On the Differences in Diseases). Translation: Ian Johnston, Galen on Diseases and Symptoms (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Morb. Temp. = De morborum temporibus. Motu Musc. = De motu musculorum.

3 (repr. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1967). Translation: P. N. Singer, Galen: Selected Works (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). Trem. Palp. = De tremore, palpitatione, convulsione et rigore. Typ. = De typis (On Types [of Fevers]). Usu Part. = De usu partium (On the Usefulness of the Parts). Edition: Georg Helmreich, Galeni De usu partium libri XVII, 2 vols. (Leipzig: Teubner, 1907–9) (repr. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1968). Translation: Margaret Tallmadge May, Galen: On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Body, 2 vols.

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