The Prince of Medicine eBook Á The Prince PDF/EPUB

The Prince of Medicine eBook Á The Prince PDF/EPUB

The Prince of Medicine [Download] ➵ The Prince of Medicine Author Susan P. Mattern – Galen of Pergamum AD 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 physici Galen of Pergamum AD ca 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 The Prince PDF/EPUB or 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.

10 thoughts on “The Prince of Medicine

  1. Mark Mark says:

    The medical history that one encounters in general reading usually mentions Galen to point out how he dominated medical thought until Vesalius how tragic this was and how many bone headed things Galen believed But why did Galen dominate medical thought for so long if he knew no than his contemporaries? This biography is well written it has many parenthetical asides but I am in no position to criticize and detailed and shows Galen's greatness He was a man of his time of course and knowledge only accumulates over centuries After all how many ridiculous things do people believe today? but he seems to have been a conscientious observant and perspicacious physician He wrote many books and some contain self aggrandizing case histories in which he comes off looking like Sherlock Holmes As a bonus we learn a lot about second century Greece Rome it was filthy Gladiatorial combat Marcus Aurelius and Warning The accounts of vivisection are very disturbing

  2. Megan Hex Megan Hex says:

    Clear concise biography with supporting history and interesting asides I've read enough about anatomists of later centuries that I thought I should read about the person who had dominated their field for so many centuries before they were born Recommended for anyone interested in medical history or Greco Roman antiuity as a lot of day to day life in the late 100s is recounted here Galen was Greek but lived and practiced in Rome for some time

  3. Jean Jean says:

    Susan P Mattern professor of history at the University of Georgia wrote a meticulous and engaging biography of Claudius Galenus also called Galen of Pergamon Pergamum 129ce to 226ce Mattern’s rigorous scholarship unveils the rich vivid layers of Galen’s life and times Galen a Greek aristocrat of great ambition and superior intelligence was already a renowned physician when he arrived in Rome in 162 ce He treated Emperor Marcus Aurelius philosopher Eudemus and of course the Gladiators Mattern tells the story of Galen from early life to death Mattern stresses that Galen was an exemplary products of Hellenistic culture urbane deeply familiar with Greek philosophy and literature as well as medical literature Galen learned the art of oratory and debate practiced by the Sophists Mattern reports his encounters with other physician were brutal rhetorical showdownsGalen was a titan of his time His many books would be consulted by medics for centuries to come Where chronology is uncertain Mattern organized material by theme In a series of chapter Mattern combines biographical material with emphasis on some aspect of Galen’s doctrine and practice Over all it is surprisingly an easy readable book considering the complicated material it covers Professor Mattern managed to create a book anyone can read and understand not just the academic I read this book as an audio book downloaded from Audible James Patrick Cronin narrated the book

  4. Sean Sean says:

    Medicine in the Roman WorldIt is too easy to think that medicine in the Roman world was like their engineering commerce and organization advanced This biography of Galen is fascinating both for its portrait of the man who would shape medical knowledge for a thousand years after his death but also for the honestly frightening portrayal of practicing medicine in the ancient world In a world without review boards and insurance networks how does one pick a doctor? The book demonstrates that doctors vied publicly for reputation and held nothing short of gang battles between rival schools of medical thought As an ancient doctor your entourage would confront rival doctors with say a bound monkey and open an artery for your rival to fix publicly Humiliating him if he could not treat the wound Similarly patients bedsides were a great opportunity to demonstrate the folly of rival doctors’ treatments And it is this hyper competitive environment of public medical showmanship that Galen reveled in performing delicate surgeries or showy anatomical demonstrations to win fame Competition drove Galen to his greatest anatomical discoveries Most fascinatingly for this reader Galen’s discovery of the nerves that control the larynx which he could tie and untie to silence or give voice to a bleating goat to the wonder of his audience I was also amazed by just how primitive many of the cures were Snake flesh to cure leprosy Crayfish harvested on certain nights of the year were an excellent medical compound Overall if you’re curious about what getting sick or injured in the ancient world entailed you will find this book fascinating

  5. Enrico Mascarpone Enrico Mascarpone says:

    This was overall a very enjoyable book One segment of the readership will be doctors another classicists I would have thought The former may find the self promoting accounts left by Galen of his clinical victories reuired a bit examination than the author offers how was Galen so successful arms with leeches and a few exotic herbs and minerals? Should I break out the cinnamon in my consultations knowing of its potency as testified to by Galen? I would have valued a little reflection on the limits of science in Galen’s time than Mattern gives us placing Galen’s achievements in their proper historical context Much of Galen’s talents are no better than a tarot reader it would seem and it would be reasonable to conclude that he either lies about certain cases or at best grossly embellishes given his success rates Who knew I was missing so much with my feeble pulse taking Given our current understanding that about 70% of useful information comes from a person’s story it might have been interesting to place Galen’s talent and importance on these diagnostic skills His main importance surely is as an anatomist working with animals mainly and being interested in the empirical basis of medicine and not a clinician achieving miracles with herbs and uack treatments This book helped me understand the social role of doctors in antiuity and how they must have achieved pre eminence amongst their peers by being erudite and fearless showmen as much as anything else So I thought this a good socio biographical of what it was to be doctor in the Roman Empire in its pomp but Mattern’s credulity at times left me wanting of a critiue of the substance of Galen’s claims in the light of a modern understanding of health and illness

  6. Jennie Jennie says:

    This book took me FOREVERRRRRR to read Admittedly it's my own fault This biography is full of people places and things I had to constantly research I couldn't help myself What a fascinating time period and world to live in Ms Mattern has put together an incredibly researched though sometimes redundant account of one the most influential contributors to medicine as we know it Everything from Galen's upbringing lifestyle and beliefs down to specific case studies and patient stories it's all hereThe only downside to this book is that often it repeats or references previously mentioned stories and Galen's published works The timeline is somewhat linear but references things in both the future and the past making it feel very redundant at timesDon't let that deter you from reading about this brilliant man The bibliography is very impressive as is the exhaustive amount of research Ms Mattern must've done to give us so much insight into this ancient hero of anatomy and medicine

  7. William Dury William Dury says:

    Biography of Roman physician 129 AD c200 c216 Presents tactile picture of concurrent Roman life relations between upper classes and slaves the filth and disease in Rome physician competition publishing such as it was She tries to present her subject sympathetically as dedicated to his art and respectful of lower classes and slaves but it’s a hard job really The man lived 2000 years ago and trying to made him presentable in modern standards of behavior seems a little naive I saw an interview with Hillary Mantel in which she said if you’re writing historical fiction and your characters are “just like us” you are very much on the wrong track Mattern makes no bones about his horrific animal dissections and I’m certainly not saying she is dishonest She just seems to have him on a pedestal and is attempting to make him as presentable as possible He was a very interesting man and clearly one of the great minds of antiuity

  8. Matt Matt says:

    This is a great introduction to many topics Galen obviously ancient medicine and second century Rome Mattern's book is ostensibly a biography of Galen but also takes the time to explain major elements of Roman life and culture that might not be immediately clear to non specialists These excurses sometimes take up the bulk of a chapter but reward the reader by providing needed context for the events of Galen's life that they help situate Mattern shows an astounding mastery of Galen's massive corpus and she doesn't shy away from telling readers about a seminal secondary text The book covers Galen's early life his education and his floruit in Rome Little is known about the end of Galen's life but Mattern closes the book with a wonderful chapter about Galen's enduring influence and his unusually well documented attempt to guide his reception by later generations Mattern introduces readers to some of the major events in Galen's life including his assignment as a gladiatorial doctor his somewhat curious relation to the plague of 169 and the fire of 192 that destroyed so much of his books and medical inventory Various famous cases are described throughout the book but the true centerpiece of this book is Mattern's discussion of Galen's medical training His travels freuent practice of dissection and intense cultivation of his library reveal the depth and breadth of ancient medical education Mattern shys away from comparing Galen's medical theory and treatments to those of today So much has changed that a book with such a goal would become tedious in its constant refutations But what strikes one as odd is how often Galen's unorthodox by modern standards treatments seem to have worked Did he misreport the real results of his practice? Did the placebo effect suffice for most ancient maladies? By the end of the book one gets a sense of the drastically different medical paradigm in Kuhn's sense that Galen helped create and that lasted until the Renaissance However we evaluate the content of his treatises Galen was doing what was true at the time His confident discerning and considerate bedside manner made up for the defects in his understanding of biology and may have often done for his patients than the treatment itselfThe other side of Galen the book presents is Galen the prodigious vivisector He butchered probably thousands of animals to achieve the advances in physiognomy that he bestowed on posterity One is reminded of the often terrifying methods by which some of the 20th century's important medical discoveries were reached A polemical study might add familiar complaints about Galen's misogyny to this legacy but Mattern strives for a balanced evaluation and weighs his cruelty to animals against his seemingly magisterial bedside mannerStylistically this book is easy to read which you can't always say about ancient biographies for popular audiences The only hiccup in the style is a seemingly compulsive tendency to remind the reader that this topic will be discussed below

  9. Bonnie_blu Bonnie_blu says:

    Very good examination of Galen's life and the cultural environment in which he lived While the book is dense with details Mattern's writing style is easy to follow and she is well versed in the material I especially admired the way she brought the highly competitive ancient world to life Galen was obviously a genius who added greatly to the medical knowledge of the times His works were viewed as the final word in medicine throughout the lands of the Mediterranean well into the Renaissance The fact that he accepted erroneous ideas about health eg the four humors that make up the body and determine health or illness does not detract from his accomplishments especially considering the strict taboos against human dissection As far as modern medicine is concerned Galen's adherence to acute observation testing repeatability and listening to the patient are still valuable lessons

  10. Linus Williams Linus Williams says:

    An excellent read about an key figure in medical thinking and experimentation Mattern does a good job using the available literature to piece together a chronology of Galen's life as well as delving into inferences that can be made from his texts The book is a little bit dry and occasionally choppy to read paragraphs do not necessarily follow from one another but it's well sourced and goes into the social context of Roman life and how it affected Galen in his practice which I uite enjoyed Overall a good read

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