Was Galen a Greek or Roman doctor?

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I have looked all over the web and in text books and they all seem undecided on whether Galen was Greek or Roman. What are your views? **

Posted Sat 4th June, 2011 @ 16:41 by Maddy
Edited by Maddy on Sat 4th June, 2011 @ 16:42

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Born in Greece - worked in Rome in later life :)

Took this exam in January - got 100 UMS !

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 09:55 by c
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Galen was a Greek doctor, but many people make the mistake of thinking he was a Roman doctor because he worked in rome. Although he DID develope his theory of opposites in Rome and it was unsually accepted. After The Romans conquered Greece, they took Greek doctors as prisoners and brought them over to Rome. Galen was likely to be one of these prisoners as he also was Greek. However, most Greek doctors where ignored and not very popular which was why people relied on the head of the household for medical treatment.

So Galen was a Greek doctor and many people make the mistake of thinking he was a Roman doctor because him and his theory of opposites was accepted and was very popular, mainly because he was one of the first to dissect animals and so people though that he had evidence behind his theory. So, I can say for definite that GALEN WAS A GREEK DOCTOR BUT WORKED IN ROME AND DEVELOPED HIS THEORY OF OPPOSITES IN ROME, BUT THAT DOESNT MAKE HIS ROMAN!! And to remember he was a greek doctor, not roman, then just remember G for Galen and G for Greek!! :)

Hope I helped  Maddy

Answered Sat 11th June, 2011 @ 18:32 by Sara
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He was a greek doctor, but developed his theory in roman times. :)

Answered Sun 12th June, 2011 @ 14:53 by Izzy
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Greek from what I remember :)

Answered Fri 10th June, 2011 @ 14:20 by Little Miss Chatterbox
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I think he was a roman doctor

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 09:30 by Stephanie
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Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 19:28 by olivia