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"The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians" by Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (d. 1270)

Galen of Pergamum: The Transmission, Interpretation and Completion of Ancient Medicine

A full description of the project can be found here: http://cmg.bbaw.de/project-office. This is a continuation of the century-old Corpus Medicorum Graecorum project. These older print editions are available as scanned texts at this website (click on the Online Publications tab). The specific focus of this new project on Galen is as follows:
The Galenic Corpus is by far the largest collection of extant writings by a single Greek author. But unlike the works of any other ancient author, a large part of Galen’s oeuvre has yet to be published in historico-critical editions. The sheer quantity of text and the frequent complexity of the manuscript tradition would seem to make it impossible for the project group to foresee a publication of a complete edition. This is why a selection has been made, on the basis of content-related criteria, of texts to be worked on by the project group. The project is consequently focused on influential texts and issues which are clearly located–as is wholly typical for ancient medicine–at the interface of fields which are today termed the natural sciences and the humanities, and which therefore have an interdisciplinary bearing on the questions at hand. These are:
  • Epistemology and the commentary as scientific form of expression
  • Nosology
  • Theory of the soul and topology of the body
  • Therapeutics