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A brilliant read on Galen,
This review is from: The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire (Hardcover)
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The Prince of Medicine by Susan P Mattern
This book is not a medical book but a book on the life and personality of Galen of Pergamum from a historical point of view.
The book reads well and quickly transports the reader back to the time of Galen and his thinking along with the historical background of the time. It looks like he was a larger than life character but also a great thinker and experimenter. In this context the book is part biography and part historical time line but the approach works well and I thoroughly enjoyed it and gained a far better insight into the man I often quote in my own lectures.
I have read many books about Galen but I have found this one to be the most interesting and comprehensive about the man himself. The book contains maps, diagrams and photos to back up the text. The structure and writing style of Susan Mattern is accurate, interesting and entertaining which is a accomplishment in itself. A highly recommended read for any one interested in the man, time period or just wants a good biography to read.