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Exhibit on Greek Medicine

" 'I Swear by Apollo Physician': Greek Medicine from the Gods to Galen"

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine has installed an exhibition on Classical Greek medicine titled, " 'I swear by Apollo Physician': Greek Medicine from the Gods to Galen."

The exhibition is on display outside the Division's Reading Room until April 26, 2002.

The exhibition focuses on the history of Greek medicine and Classical Greek contributions to modern medicine. Included in the exhibition are items from the Library's history of medicine collection, among which are early printed editions and medieval manuscripts of works by physicians such as Hippocrates, Galen, Artemidorus, Aristotle, and Dioscorides.

Many foundations of modern Western medicine lie in Classical Greece, from about 800 B.C.E. to about 200 C.E. During this period Greek medicine departed from the divine and mystical and moved toward observation and logical reasoning. These ideas spread throughout the Mediterranean world and as far east as India, and their influence has remained strong in much of the West to this day.

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Here are several images from the exhibit:

Galen, engraving by Pierre Roch Vigneron, ca. 1800.

Hippocrates, Opera omnia, Frankfurt, 1595. Hippocrates, engraving by Peter Paul Rubens, 1638.