Galen, 2nd century Greek physician

Galen, 2nd century Greek physician

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Caption: Galen (130-200 AD), Greek physician, coloured historical artwork. After Galen's death, his body of work became a medical authority among Europeans, until his views on anatomy were overthrown by Vesalius (16th century) and those on physiology by Harvey (17th century). In Galen's time, human dissection had fallen into disrepute, and so Galen's anatomical assumptions, which were based on animals, were not always applicable to humans. He was the first to use the pulse as a diagnostic aid and the first to describe the flow of urine through the ureters to the bladder. Artwork from the 19th century book Vies des Savants Illustres.

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