Special Collections

This category was used for posts created by special collections staff before August 2016. Since then all posts are categorised as Archives and Special Collections posts.

William Hunter’s Library: the Gs

One name dominates Hunter’s library catalogue in the ‘G’ section of William Hunter’s library: Galen.

Galen (129-c. 210) was a Greek philosopher-physician who summarised anatomical learning up to his time and added his own observations on human anatomy based on dissections of monkeys and pigs. Galen was influenced by the theory of the humours advocated by Hippocrates and other ancient Greek physicians.