Essays on Science and SocietyPORTRAITS OF SCIENCE

Logic, Learning, and Experimental Medicine

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Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 800-801
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066244

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Galen of Pergamum was one of the most influential medical men in history. In her essay, Nutton charts his life and explains how neglecting Galen's emphasis on experiment hampered progress in medicine until his methods were rediscovered in the Renaissance.