This volume provides a new approach to Galen's theory of respiration and to his physiological thinking. The method involves reconstructing Galen's theoretical and experimental research in the structure and context of his reasoning.
The book deals with the problem of muscular respiratory movement, the structure and function of organs such as the heart, lungs and pulmonary vessels, and the purpose of breathing. Other topics include bodily respiration (diapnoe), the explanation of asphyxia, miasmas and other pathological processes. The book ends with a study of breathing and vocal exercises in the Greco-Roman world.
This is an important reassessment of several questions that are fundamental to the history of medicine; it provides a truer understanding of one of the most impressive contributions to western medical thought.
Armelle Debru is Professor of Classics at the University of Lille, France. She has published extensively on ancient medicine including an anthology of Hippocrates.
...clearly structured and wide-ranging study…'
The Classical Review, 1999.
...cet ouvrage excellent est sans doute la preuve la plus éclatante disponible à ce jour du renouveau des études galéniques en France.'
Extrait de la Revue d'Histoire des Sciences, 2000.
For classical philologists and all those interested in the history of ideas in Antiquity, history of science, ancient philosophy, and history of medicine.