75 - The Joy of Sects: Ancient Medicine and Philosophy

The ancient relationship between medicine and philosophy culminates in Galen, who passes judgment on the three main “sects”: rationalism, empiricism and methodism.

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Further Reading: 

• For works by Galen see P.N. Singer (trans.), Galen: Selected Works (Oxford: 2002).

• For translation of works by Galen on the sects, see R. Walzer and M. Frede (trans.), Galen: Three Treatises on the Nature of Science (Indianapolis: 1985).

• J. Barnes and J. Jouanna (eds), Galien et la Philosophie (Vandoeuvres: 2003).

• L. Edelstein, “The Relation of Ancient Philosophy to Medicine,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 26 (1952), 299-316.

• V. Nutton (ed.), Galen. Problems and Prospects (London: 1981).

• V. Nutton, Ancient Medicine (London: 2004).

• P. van der Eijk, Medicine and Philosophy in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge: 2005).