Galen and the Gateway to Medicine

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Galen and the Gateway to Medicine
Author: Bendick, Jeanne
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Time Period: Classical Age
Time Frame: 129-216
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Italy (Ancient Rome)
Topics: Medicine
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2008

World History > Classical Age > Ancient Rome

We know about Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. But we owe nearly as much to Galen, a physician born in 129 A.D. at the height of the Roman Empire. Galen's acute diagnoses of patients, his botanical wisdom and studies of physiology were recorded in numerous books, handed down through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He developed sports medicine, doctoring gladiators. Not least, Galen passed on the medical tradition of respect for life. In this fascinating biography for young people, Jeanne Bendick brings Galen's Roman world alive with the clarity, humor, and outstanding content we enjoyed in Archimedes and the Door to Science. An excellent addition to schools, libraries, and homes; ideal for home education.

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