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 physiolgy 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 andphilosophy of science and the history of ideas.
Julius Rocca, Ph.D. (1995) in Philosophy, University of Sydney, is a former Wellcome Trust Fellow in the History of Medicine, University of Cambridge. He is currently a Research Fellow in the History of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
'[Rocca] provides not only a meticulous analysis of Galen's anatomical and physiological writings, but a steady attention to their wider cultural context and to Galen's particular strategies of self-promotion.'
Rebecca flemming, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2005.
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of medicine and science in the Imperial Era, as well as historians of the neurosciences.