Galen in the Roman Empire
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.