The Prince of Medicine

    The Prince of Medicine

    Galen in the Roman Empire

    Susan P Mattern

    Oxford University Press 2013

    Hardback 358pp Illustrated

    9780199605453   Product Code: 18887

    Galen of Pergamum, court physician to the family of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, was the most influential figure in western medicine until the 20th century. In the first biography of Galen in English, Mattern examines his prodigious corpus of philosophical and medical treatises to paint a portrait of a shameless self-publicist who could be arrogant and fiercely competitive but was also relentless in his pursuit of cures and an advocate of rigorous observation and experimentation.

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