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Galen on the Brain: Anatomical Knowledge and Physiological Speculation in the Second Century Ad (Studies in Ancient Medicine) (Multilingual Edition) [Hardcover]

by Julius Rocca, Galen

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February 2003 9004125124 978-9004125124 1
This book is a study of the ways in which Galen sought to establish the brain as the regent part (hegemonikon) of the body, utilizing a rigorous anatomical epistemology and an often sophisticated (but perforce limited) set of physiological arguments. Part 1 surveys the medical and philosophical past in which the study of the brain occurred, and looks at the materials and methods which Galen employs to legitimate his hegemonic argumentation. Part 2 examines Galen's anatomical understanding of the brain, especially the ventricles. Part 3 offers a critical evaluation of Galen's physiology of the brain. This is the first monograph to offer a detailed account of this subject, setting it within the cultural and intellectual contexts of its era, and should be of interest to those in classics, medical history, history and philosophy of science and the history of ideas.

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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.

About 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Ancient Medicine (Book 26)
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub; 1 edition (February 2003)
  • Language: Multilingual
  • ISBN-10: 9004125124
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004125124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,798,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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