Sometimes the drive to discover and record your observations can outlive you.
For more than a thousand years, doctors from Spain to Persia looked to one man to define what it meant to practice medicine: Galen.
Galen of Pergamum was born around 129 A.D. He was Greek but grew up in Anatolia, in modern-day Turkey. Descendants of Plato and Aristotle, the Greeks were renowned in the Ancient World for their skill in science and art.
Galen's father was a wealthy architect. He saw to it that Galen received the finest education in philosophy, literature and medicine. As a boy, Galen studied the renowned work of the Greek doctor Hippocrates who, already 500 years before, had established medicine as a profession. His famous Hippocratic Oath -- a promise taken by physicians throughout history to uphold specific principles of medical ethics -- remains of paramount significance in the health professions to this day.
When Galen was 19 his father passed away. Galen decided to use his inheritance to follow the advice of his hero...