Journal of the History of Biology 40 (2):207 - 230 (2007)

Michael Boylan
Marymount University
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.
Keywords Galen  Erasistratus  Herophilus  Praxagoras  Blood  Arteries  Pulse  Pneuma  Ancient Medicine
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DOI 10.1007/s10739-006-9116-2
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