Galen on the Brain: Anatomical Knowledge and Physiological Speculation in the Second Century AD

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Rocca (history of medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm) offers a comprehensive study of how Galen sought to establish the brain as the regent part, or , of the body, using a rigorous anatomical epistemology and a set of physiological arguments that were sophisticated but necessarily limited by the knowledge of his time. He includes a general introduction for non-specialists summarizing the circumstances that led to Galen's establishment in Rome, and explaining how Galen produced and disseminated his anatomical and physiological writings while some medical sects were denying the importance of anatomical science.

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'[Rocca] provides not only a meticulous analysis of Galen's anatomical and physiological writings, but a steady attention to their wider cultural context and to Galen's particular strategies of self-promotion.'
Rebecca flemming, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2005.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004125124
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2003
  • Series: Studies in Ancient Medicine Series, #26
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Julius Rocca, Ph.D. (1995) in Philosophy, University of Sydney, is a former Wellcome Trust Fellow in the History of Medicine, University of Cambridge. He is currently a Research Fellow in the History of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
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Table of Contents

Note to the Reader
General Introduction: Galen and his time
Pt. 1 The Framework of Galen's Anatomical Methodology
Ch. 1 The development of the hegemonic concept: the medical and philosophical background
Ch. 2 Galen's methods and materials for the investigation of the brain
Pt. 2 The Architecture of the Brain
Ch. 3 The exposure and dissection of the brain
Ch. 4 The anatomy of the ventricular system
Pt. 3 A Physiology of the Brain
Ch. 5 A methodology of ventricular function
Ch. 6 The elaboration of psychic pneuma
Ch. 7 Conclusion
App. 1 The doctrine of ventricular localisation
App. 2 Galenism and the status of the retiform plexus
Glossary of Anatomical Terms
Index of Sources and List of Editions
General index
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