A solemn presentation of the second volume of the unique series of publications “Galen. Compositions.” has taken place on 24 December 2015. It was edited by the chairman of the Department of the History of Medicine, National History and Culturology of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Science, Professor Balalykin Dmitry. Translation from the Greek treatises was made by Candidate of Philosophical Sciences Zoe Anatolevna Barzakh.
The second volume continues the series of publications, which is prepared by the members of the Department of the History of Medicine, National History and Culturology of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. The preface of the book and commentaries on the treaties of Galen are made in the framework of the project RSF № 15-18-30005 «The legacy of Aristotle as a constitutive element of the European rationality in historical perspective».
The presentation of the book took place at the Pashkov House in the reading room of the Research Department of Manuscripts of the Russian State Library. The opening of the event was held in the courtyard of the Pashkov House and began with the theatrical light show of gladiators. Afterwards the guests were presented with the extraordinary exhibition of the rare books from the archives of the Russian State Library.
The event was led by Alex Begak (TV channel “Culture”) and the historical consultant Anna Esparza. The book was presented by its editor Professor Balalykin Dmitry and translator Candidate of Philosophical Sciences Zoe Anatolevna Barzakh. At the end of the evening editor and translator have signed and presented the first copies of the book to the winners of the contest “The legacy of Aristotle.”
The book presents eight treatises of Galen, a prominent Roman physician and philosopher of the II-III centuries, the creator of the theoretical and practical system, which became the basis for the development of medicine and science in general until the scientific discoveries of the XVII century. The works of Galen haven’t been translated in Russia for more than 40 years. These works are a valuable source of information on the history of medicine of the protoscientific period. The collection of publication of the works is a typical example of communication between the general theoretical, natural-philosophical views of Galen and his practice as a physician. The published works are the demonstration of the great skill of the empirical and synthetic thinking skills, built on the principles of the rational medicine. All this allows us to understand the complex historical significance of Galenizm.