Galen: On Blood, the Pulse, and the Arteries

  title={Galen: On Blood, the Pulse, and the Arteries},
  author={Michael Boylan},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • M. Boylan
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
This essay examines several important issues regarding Galen’s depiction of the physiology of the arteries. In the process some of Galen’s supporting doctrines on the blood and pulse will also be discussed in the context of a coherent scientific explanation. It will be the contention of this essay that though Galen may often have a polemical goal in mind, he correctly identifies the important and complex role of the arteries in human biological systems. 
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