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  • Galen A.D. 130?-200? Greek anatomist, physician, and writer. His theories formed the basis of European medicine until the Renaissance.

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  • proper n. An ancient Greek physician.
  • proper n. A male given name, of mostly American usage.

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  • n. Greek anatomist whose theories formed the basis of European medicine until the Renaissance (circa 130-200)


From the Ancient Greek word γαλήνη, meaning calm or tranquil. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Galen saw himself as both a physician and a philosopher, as he wrote in his treatise entitled That the Best Physician is also a Philosopher. Galen was very interested in the debate between the rationalist and empiricist medical sects, and his use of direct observation, dissection and vivisection represents a complex middle ground between the extremes of those two viewpoints." --

    March 18, 2014