Roman Medicine

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Roman Medicine

Background Information:

  • 27BC - 467AD
  • Massive empire
  • Two sections - Galen and Public Health System


  • Roman doctor


  • Proved that the brain not the heart controls the body
  • Found out that arteries and veins transport blood around body
  • Knows the human dissection is key
  • Gained practical experience in Alexandria, Egypt - tried to explain how organs work
  • Wrote over 60 books
  • Books used for 1500 years
  • Theory of the opposite - that opposite humours would need to balance up to create a well person
  • Emphasised Hippocrates ideas
  • Ideas fitted with…


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