Galen

Detail of Raphael’s ‘The School of Athens’, with Pythagoras in the foreground. Hypatia, the first great female mathematician, is in white, beside a figure thought to be Parmenides

What the Ancient Greeks did for us

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I am undoubtedly, alas, an example of what the Fowler brothers, H.W. and F.G., of The King’s English fame, would…

‘Cuts’ to blame for dementia? How Plato and Galen would have scoffed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

A piece of the Antikythera Mechanism, on display at the Archaeological Museum, Athens. (Getty Images)

What exactly did the Greek sponge-divers drag in?

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The human urge for personal hygiene has had many improbable side-effects, and I can confidently assert that through the ages,…

The cult of the prima doctor

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Ian Paterson, a ‘charming’ breast surgeon with a ‘God complex’, has been found guilty of intentionally wounding patients by carrying…

How Seneca got to sleep

9 April 2016 9:00 am

As if we did not have enough to cause us sleepless nights, the Royal Society for Public Health has demanded…

Socrates and Galen on the Great British Bake Off

17 October 2015 8:00 am

As the national girth expands by the second, Auntie, never backward about lecturing us on the topic, continues to glory…

The Prince of medicine, by Susan P. Mattern - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In the first draft of the screenplay for the film Gladiator, the character to be played by Russell Crowe (‘father…