Syriac Physicians Reinvent Galen
by Father Dale A. Johnson
Galen was a Greek physician,second only to Hippocrates, in fame and influence, who lived in the second century AD. Many consider him the apex of 600 years of Aristotelean thought and development. Galen is credited with being a major incubator of Arab medicine beginning in the 9th century AD which in turn was the principle influence on Western science and medicine at the end of the Dark Ages.
It is estimated that Galen wrote about 3 million lines of text which is about the same as Ephrem. Galen is supposed to have had about 20 secretaries that followed him and recorded his every word. Galen wrote in Greek, a language that was known to Syriac translators but not to Arab scholars during the rise of the Caliphate in Baghdad in the 9th century.
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