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5. Galen's Legacy
About this Lecture
Here we look at Galen’s legacy on medicine in the centuries that followed. Galen’s influence is first seen on Arabic medicine after his books are translated from the 8th and 9th-centuries. From the 13th-century, these Arabic translations begin to be studied in European universities. Galen’s works continue to be fundamental to medicine right up to the 18th and 19th-centuries but his ideas are frequently challenged and modified.
In this course, Professor Vivian Nutton (University College London) looks at the life of the ancient doctor Galen of Pergamon. We start by looking at the early career of Galen. We then examine his later career when he served as physician to the emperors of Rome. We then turn to look at his medical theories and practice. After this we move on to discuss Galen’s anatomy. Finally, we examine Galen’s legacy on medicine from antiquity to the present day.
Vivian Nutton is Emeritus Professor at the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine and current President of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR). He has written extensively on Galen (129-216 C.E.) and the Galenic tradition, and has also written more generally on medicine in classical antiquity. His recent work has centred on the Renaissance anatomist, Andreas Vesalius.
Cite this Lecture
Nutton, V. (2021, September 01). Medicine Through Time – Galen and Galenism, c. 120-220 - Galen's Legacy [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-galen-and-galenism/galen-s-legacy
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