Galen

Galen (129–ca. 216).
De usu partium, corporis humani libri xvii.
Basle: per A. Cratandrum and J. Bebelium, 1533. (BRC0003)

Following Hippocrates, Galen was the most notable physician of antiquity. He studied medicine in Pergamum as well as in Smyrna, Corinth, and Alexandria. Establishing himself in Rome, he developed an extensive practice treating patients from all parts of the empire. An enormously influential author into the Middle Ages, Galen’s writings were considered authoritative by Greek, Roman, and Arabic physicians. A two-volume Latin edition of his works was printed by Phillipus Pincius at Venice in 1490 and the five-volume Greek editio princeps was published by the Aldine press at Venice in 1525. Later sixteenth-century printings, such as this 1533 Basle edition, were based at least in part on these earlier authoritative printed texts.

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