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Galen

Physician from Greece

Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (AD 129–c. 200), better known as Galen of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama, Turkey), was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physician, surgeon and philosopher. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen contributed greatly to the understanding of numerous scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic. The son of Aelius Nicon, a wealthy architect with scholarly interests, Galen received a comprehensive education that prepared him for a successful career as a physician and philosopher. He traveled extensively, exposing himself to a wide variety of medical theories and discoveries before settling in Rome, where he served prominent members of Roman society and eventually was given the position of personal physician to several emperors. Galen's understanding of anatomy and medicine was principally influenced by the then-current theory of humorism, as advanced by many ancient Greek physicians such as Hippocrates. His theories dominated and influenced Western medical science for nearly two millennia. His anatomical reports, based mainly on  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Galen of Pergamon,Aelius Galenus,Claudius Galenus,Claude Galien
Date of birth
0130
Place of birth
Pergamon
Nationality
Greece
Parents
Aeulius Nicon
Profession
Physician, Surgeon, Philosopher

Death

Date of death
0200
Place of death
Rome

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