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Book Title: The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire|
The author of the book: Susan P. Mattern
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 380 KB
ISBN 13: 9780199767670
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: July 1st 2013
Read full description of the books:Galen of Pergamum (A.D. 129 - ca. 216) began his remarkable career tending to wounded gladiators in provincial Asia Minor. Later in life he achieved great distinction as one of a small circle of court physicians to the family of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, at the very heart of Roman society. Susan Mattern's The Prince of Medicine offers the first authoritative biography in English of this brilliant, audacious, and profoundly influential figure. Like many Greek intellectuals living in the high Roman Empire, Galen was a prodigious polymath, writing on subjects as varied as ethics and eczema, grammar and gout. Indeed, he was (as he claimed) as highly regarded in his lifetime for his philosophical works as for his medical treatises. However, it is for medicine that he is most remembered today, and from the later Roman Empire through the Renaissance, medical education was based largely on his works. Even up to the twentieth century, he remained the single most influential figure in Western medicine. Yet he was a complicated individual, full of breathtaking arrogance, shameless self- promotion, and lacerating wit. He was fiercely competitive, once disemboweling a live monkey and challenging the physicians in attendance to correctly replace its organs. Relentless in his pursuit of anything that would cure the patient, he insisted on rigorous observation and, sometimes, daring experimentation. Even confronting one of history's most horrific events- a devastating outbreak of smallpox-he persevered, bearing patient witness to its predations, year after year. The Prince of Medicine gives us Galen as he lived his life, in the city of Rome at its apex of power and decadence, among his friends, his rivals, and his patients. It offers a deeply human and long- overdue portrait of one of ancient history's most significant and engaging figures.
Read information about the authorSusan P. Mattern is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She earned her PhD in History at Yale University, 1995.
Her most recent book is "The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire" (Oxford University Press 2013). It is a social-historical biography of the ancient physician Galen, a cultural icon whose works were the basis of western medicine until the Renaissance. She has also written "Galen and the Rhetoric of Healing" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), an analysis of Galen's stories about his patients and a study of his medical practice; and "Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate" (University of California, 1999).
She has co-written a textbook, "The Ancient Mediterranean World from the Stone Age to A.D. 600" (Oxford University Press, 2004). After a year of professional development studying social and psychology and transcultural psychiatry, she has begun publishing articles on mental disorders in antiquity. She is also working on a global history of menopause. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in World History and in the history of Greece, Rome, ancient Egypt, marriage, disease, medicine, women, and law at the University of Georgia.
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