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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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To Move the Body to a Statement

To Move the Body to a Statement

37 To Move the Body to a Statement
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter provides information on a Greek physician Galen, who is the most famous physician of the Roman Empire. He brought the Greek intellectual heritage with him to Rome and made a name for himself as a successful clinician. Marcus Aurelius appointed him as his personal physician. A prolific author, Galen's writings were the source of his posthumous fame. He is said to have written at least four hundred texts. He took impulses from all perspectives known at the time but he pursued the reasoning of those who saw holes in the veil of plausibility. He rigorously pursued reality as the basis of his medical interpretations. The knowledge of anatomical details and simple functional processes in the body that Galen discovered through his experiments did not lead him to the holistic view of the organism that is adopted today. Much of what Galen discovered is still considered to be true and valid.

Keywords:   Roman Empire, Greek physician, Galen's writings, medical interpretations, anatomical details, functional processes

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