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October 6, 1956

Galen on Anatomical Procedures: De Anatomicis Administrationibus

JAMA. 1956;162(6):616. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230088033

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A classic in medical history is here made available in remarkably interesting form. It is a classic in the sense that it can be depended on to furnish instruction, pleasure, and occasional surprises to future generations as it has to past generations. It contains some vivid accounts of the successes and failures or surgeons between 129 and 198 A. D. It also contains details of fundamental experiments in the physiology of such structures as the phrenic nerves and the diaphragm as well as the results of innumerable dissections, especially of apes. An unusual feature of this edition is the set of illustrations by Kopel on the anatomy of the rhesus money; these facilitate the understanding of Galen's text. Except for his rather personal and belligerent manner, Galen sounds quite modern. His odd mixture of boastfulness and reticence suggests that the problems of anatomists and physiologists in his time were much

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