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His own best publicist...,
This review is from: The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire (Hardcover)
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If you read a lot of historical mystery/crime novels then sooner or later you will come across the name Galen. Mattern in her book appears to take the view that ego was all and Galen was driven as a self publicist to take on all comers and prove them to be wrong in their views, stupid or charlatans. He is reputed to have written an enormous number of texts of which few survive, again with the intention of promoting his reputation. He was, however, hugely influential right the way through to the renaissance. Galen's texts on anatomy were only revised in the 16th century. This is an excellent study of a complicated man. Mattern has managed to strip away some of the bluff and bluster of the man and present a very readable account of Galen as a man driven by pushing forward the boundaries of medicine, whilst at the same time allowing Galen to show the contempt he had for his less competent contemporaries.