This review is from: The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire (Hardcover)
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This is book was as expected very inspiring to read. If you are interested in the history of Medicine, this is one book that should be on your shelf. It tells the story of Galen of Pergamum (ad 129 - ca 216), who began his wonderful medical career tending to wounded gladiators.If you are familiar with the history of Marcus Aurelius you will recognise the name Galen as one of his famous court Physicians. A true pioneer of medicine, he was courageous, intuitive, arrogant but above all determined to find cure for his patients at all cost. He is one of the most influential figures in Western Medicine, aptly titled 'Prince of Medicine'.
It was interesting for me to see the journey of Medicine and its development in comparison to the advances in medical science today. I think most of his thoughts and methods are still valid. Take for instance the concept of 'pulse diagnosis' used very effectively in Eastern Medicine, yet Galen long ago had developed this to a significant height. A subtle diagnostic technique that is not invasive, but extremely useful in diagnosing different internal conditions if one knew how. This is a comprehensive and well written biography, interesting, inspiring and enjoyable to read. I recommend this book on a lot of levels, as an enjoyable historical biography, as a wealth of medical knowledge and innovative ideas and as a great text on the history of Medicine.