Galen on Erasistratus

  title={Galen on Erasistratus},
  author={Ronald V. Christie},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={440 - 449}
  • R. Christie
  • Published 7 January 2015
  • Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
In the third century b.c., the School of Medicine in Alexandria produced two great men, Herophilus and Erasistratus, who were probably the first to demonstrate dissection of the human body. According to Celsus [1] "they laid open men whilst still alive—criminals received out of prison from the kings—and while they were still breathing observed parts which before hand nature had concealed" [I]. This story may well be an invention, but there is clear evidence that they dissected live animals. The… 
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