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    Trying new things in medicine

    Advances made by constant questioning, study of new therapies



    Sound familiar?

    Here’s the important part: he was also an accomplished cataract surgeon.

    Galen was apparently mocked by many of his physician colleagues who thought it ludicrous to draw conclusions about human health based upon studies of animals. After proving himself correct and his detractors wrong time and again and in very public fashion, he finally had generated so much envy and hatred directed his way that Galen—fearful he would be poisoned by other doctors (there had been precedents)—left Rome. He died in Sicily around the age of 80.

    It’s hard to believe a cataract surgeon would not be universally admired by his or her fellow physicians. Even in ophthalmology there have been radical new ideas that, despite scientific support, have met with fierce resistance. But doctors poisoning other doctors with whom they disagree is probably going a bit too far. 



    Hall, E. (2014) Introducing the Ancient Greeks. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., pp 233-236.


    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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