Galen’s works, centuries on

The writings of the Greek medical practitioner and philosopher Galen, who worked in second century Rome, are the earliest evidence we have of what was already a sophisticated study of anatomy dating back to Aristotle and the ancients. Although many of Galen’s systematic observations were revised in the light of the anatomical advances of the Renaissance, reverence for his legacy endured through a long tradition of copying his texts, of which this seventeenth century copy of a ninth-century Arabic translation is a fine example.

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