Galen and the Antonine Plague

Galen and the Antonine Plague

Galen's Methodus Medendi is a collected body of work detailing symptoms and treatments for various ailments that Galen encountered throughout his calling as a physician and surgeon in the Roman Empire in the mid to late second century, during the Antonine Plague. Galen's description of this plague is the leading surce of evidence for many modern scholars who believe that this episode was the first outbreak of smallpox in Europe.

Galen was well respected and was often called on by state officials, at times against his will, to serve as court physician for Commodus and for Septimius Serverus.

The influence of this work led to its translation several times in Latin multiple, Arabic, English, and other languages. This image reporduces the title page of a translation (from Greek to Latin) by the noted sixteenth-century English scholar Thomas Linacre.

Galen and the Antonine Plague