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Author Rocca, Julius, 1956-

Title Galen on the brain : anatomical knowledge and physiological speculation in the second century AD / by Julius Rocca
Published Boston, MA : Brill, 2003


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Description xxii, 313 pages : illustrations, plates ; 25 cm
Series Studies in ancient medicine ; v. 26
Studies in ancient medicine ; v. 26
Contents Pt. 1. The Framework of Galen's Anatomical Methodology -- Ch. 1. The development of the hegemonic concept: the medical and philosophical background -- Ch. 2. Galen's methods and materials for the investigation of the brain -- Pt. 2. The Architecture of the Brain -- Ch. 3. The exposure and dissection of the brain -- Ch. 4. The anatomy of the ventricular system -- Pt. 3. A Physiology of the Brain -- Ch. 5. A methodology of ventricular function -- Ch. 6. The elaboration of psychic pneuma -- Ch. 7. Conclusion -- App. 1. The doctrine of ventricular localisation -- App. 2. Galenism and the status of the retiform plexus
Summary "This book is a study of the ways in which Galen sought to establish the brain as the regent part (hegemonikon) of the body, utilising a rigorous anatomical epistemology and an often sophisticated (but perforce limited) set of physiological arguments." "Part One surveys the medical and philosophical past in which the study of the brain occured, and looks at the materials and methods which Galen employs to legitimate his hegemonic argumentation. Part Two examines Galen's anatomical understanding of the brain, especially the ventricles. Part Three offers a critical evaluation of Galen's physiology of the brain. This is the first monograph to offer a detailed account of this subject, setting it within the cultural and intellectual contexts of its era, and will be of interest to those in classics, medical history, history and philosophy of science and the history of ideas."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Galen -- Criticism and interpretation.
Medicine -- History.
Science, Renaissance.
Humanism -- History.
Medicine, Greek and Roman.
Brain -- Anatomy.
Brain -- anatomy & histology.
Neuroanatomy -- history.
Brain -- physiology.
History, Ancient.
Roman World.
Brain -- anatomy & histology.
Neuroanatomy -- history.
Brain -- physiology.
History, Ancient.
Roman World.
Author Galen. Selections. English. 2003
LC no. 2003040346
ISBN 9004125124 hardback alkaline paper