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Galen on Medicine as a Science and as an Art

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Teun Tieleman


This article discusses the notion of the art of medicine in the work of Galen of Pergamon (129 ‒ ca. 213). On the one hand Galen propagates an exalted role and status for medicine as a genuine science based on unshakable theoretical foundations and of equal standing to philosophy; on the other hand, he seems to operate with ‘lower’ notion of medicine, as based on experience but also as conjectural and fallible

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