Galen on Apodictics

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Galen on Apodictics

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About the book


This book is dedicated to one of the topical issues of the history and philosophy of medicine—the analysis of the research method of Galen of Pergamon, an outstanding physician of Antiquity (2nd century AD). Galen's works, on the one hand, were the outcome of the Hippocratic tradition and its development in medicine for more than 500 years and, on the other hand, have determined the further development of medical theory and practice up to the Scientific Revolution in the 17th–19th centuries. Dmitry A. Balalykin argues that Galen used the apodictic method in the analysis of the phenomena of medical theory and practice. The application of the concept of “apodictics” in relation to the events in the history of medicine is still debatable, although there is no doubt about the use of this term towards, for example, the history of mathematics. The author analyzes a significant amount of sources, researching the development of the apodictic method in medicine before Galen and pointing to those key innovations that were applied by him. The synthesis of the philosophical theory of clinical practice in the works of the great physician of Antiquity is the prime focus of this book. It is intended for scholars who deal with various issues of the history and philosophy of the natural sciences, primarily medicine, and also a wide readership interested in the history of Antiquity and the history of science.
The author

About the author

Dmitry A. Balalykin is a Russian historian of medicine, deputy Chairman of the Russian Society of Medical Historians, Editor-in-Chief of History of medicine. The Russian journal (Scopus-indexed), Doctor of Medical Sciences (RF, 2003), Doctor of Historical Sciences (RF, 2007), PhD in Philosophy (EU, 2019).

Dmitry A. Balalykin and his team have translated into Russian and published 22 treatises of Galen. Balalykin is the author of more than 200 scientific publications on topical issues of the history of philosophy and the history of medicine.


"This book brilliantly reflects the tendency of the new historiography of science to understand medical theory and practice against the background of comprehensive cultural, historical, and philosophical developments. The author expertly applies this view to an extraordinarily serious issue in the healing arts of antiquity. Veterans as well as novices in the field might expect a true intellectual pleasure reopening the discussion on the old and well-known dictum 'Ubi desinit philosophus, ibi incipit medicus'."—Prof. Dr. med. Axel Karenberg, Institute for the History of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Cologne, Germany
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Dmitry A. Balalykin
Editor Alexander Gungov, Friedrich Luft
Number of pages 284
Language English
Publication date Oct 20, 2020
Weight (kg) 0.3730
ISBN-13 9783838214061