Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine: an educational work for prospective medical students

Xenophontos, S. (2018) Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine: an educational work for prospective medical students. In: Bouras-Vallianatos, P. and Xenophontos, S. (eds.) Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. Series: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 67-93. ISBN 9781472487919 (doi: 10.4324/9781351205276-5)

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Abstract

Galen's Exhortation to the Study of Medicine, classified among his works related to the Empiricist medical school, is one of his less well-known treatises. This chapter discusses the importance of engagement with the arts, preparing the ground for a more specialised exaltation of the greatest of them, medicine. It focuses on the moralising techniques that permeate Galen's Exhortation to the Study of Medicine and explores how these inform the construction of his moral authority. The chapter looks at the ways in which he tailors his ethical advice in order to respond to the needs of his intended audience comprising adolescents who are about to start their intermediate education and are urged to engage with professional studies, starting with philosophy and progressing on to medicine. It argues that Galen's Exhortation to the Study of Medicine is not a conventional epideictic piece, but one in which rhetoric to a large extent facilitates philosophical instruction.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Xenofontos, Dr Sophia
Authors: Xenophontos, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781472487919
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Routledge
First Published:First published in Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium: 67-93
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