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October 6, 1945

Galen on Medical Experience

JAMA. 1945;129(6):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400067029

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Abstract

This offers to the student of medical history an opportunity of becoming acquainted with a work which was once considered lost. It is important for knowledge of the empirical school, and it presents a survey of the philosophical conceptions of Galen's time. The Arabic manuscript from which the translation was done is the only one in which this work is complete. The Arabic translation, done by Hubaish ibn al-Hasan al-A'sam, is of an exceptionally high standard. The authenticity of the treatise is assured by many important facts which are referred in the preface. It is interesting to note that this treatise was intended to reproduce a disputation between Pelops, a physician belonging to the dogmatic school, and the empiricist Philippos. Galen affirmed definitely his opposition to the physician Asclepiades and sustains convincingly the necessity of the close union. of empiricism and theory. The English translation is excellent and makes the

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