The Roman Empire legacy of Galen (129-200 AD)

Shoja, M.M., Tubbs, R.S., Ghabili, K., Griessenauer, C.J., Balch, M.W., Cuceu, M., 2015c. The Roman Empire legacy of Galen (129-200 AD). Childs Nerv Syst 31, 1–5. doi:10.1007/s00381-014-2467-7



Galen of Pergamum was the physician of Roman Emperors and contributed to our early understanding of medicine and anatomy. Herein, we present a short biography of Galen and review his multiple contributions to medicine and anatomy.


Although it has been almost 2,000 years since Galen walked the streets of the Roman Empire, his legacy continues via multiple eponyms that bare his name.