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Great Books of the Western World (Vol. 10 - Hippocrates; Galen)

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Great Books of the Western World
54 volume set
Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in Chief
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published 1952 by William Benton, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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Jun 27, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
If nothing else, the works of Hippocrates (a semi-legendary figure of the ancient past) and Galen (a slightly less legendary figure) together represent the state of the art of Western medicine as it was from the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans approximately up through the Renaissance, though it's infallibility was becoming questioned even earlier in the middle ages. Summarized, there's a lot to admire about these works. How they understood so much of general medicine, health, and anatomy ...more
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Mar 19, 2011 Jeff Ragan rated it it was ok
Keeping in mind that the writing style of the 5th Century BC was very early in the development of writing (you can read that to mean "a laborious read"), I was impressed by several things. First, Hippocrates must have worked around the clock. He observed so many different patients with so many different ailments, he must have just had them stacked up outside his office. His breadth of knowledge is truly impressive.

Secondly, I was impressed with his creativity. The manner and extent that he would
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Book 10 of the Great Books series: Hippocrates/Galen.
Assorted information on medicine and health and the body.
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Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (AD 129–c. 200/c. 216), better known as Galen of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama, Turkey), was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physician, surgeon and philosopher. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen contributed greatly to the understanding of numerous scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, ...more
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