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Galen: On Diseases and Symptoms

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  • Date Published: December 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511254963

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  • Galen's treatises on the classification and causation of diseases and symptoms are an important component of his prodigious oeuvre, forming a bridge between his theoretical works and his practical, clinical writings. As such, they remained an integral component of the medical teaching curriculum well into the second millennium. This edition was originally published in 2006. In these four treatises (only one of which had been previously translated into English), Galen not only provides a framework for the exhaustive classification of diseases and their symptoms as a prelude to his analysis of their causation, but he also attempts to establish precise definitions of all the key terms involved. Unlike other of his works, these treatises are notably moderate in tone, taking into account different views on structure and causation in a relatively even-handed way. Nonetheless, they are a clear statement of the Dogmatic position on the theoretical foundations of medicine in his time.

    • Offered the first complete English translation of an important component of Galen's work
    • Contains a detailed discussion of the important debate between contending medical schools early in the first millennium AD
    • Outlines Galen's still relevant views on the theoretical foundation of medical practice
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511254963
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. General introduction
    2. Galen's life and works
    3. Galen's philosophical and medical antecedents
    4. Definitions and terminology: i. Definitions
    ii. Causal terms
    iii. General terms
    iv. Diseases and symptoms
    v. Conclusions
    5. The classification of diseases and symptoms: i. Introduction
    ii. Diseases (de morborum differentiis)
    iii. Symptoms (de symptomatum differentiis)
    iv. Conclusions
    6. Causation in diseases and symptoms: i. Introduction
    ii. Theories of disease causation prior to Galen
    iii. Galen on causation
    iv. Conclusions
    Part II. Translation: Introduction
    1. On the differentiae of diseases
    2. On the causes of diseases
    3. On the differentiae of symptoms
    4. On the causes of symptoms I
    5. On the causes of symptoms II
    6. On the causes of symptoms III
    Part III. Conclusions

  • Author


    Editor and Translator

    Ian Johnston, University of Tasmania

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