Galen lived in Rome, 500 years after the Hippocratic doctors. By treating the Emperor, he became one of the most famous doctors in Rome. He carried out a public dissection of a pig to prove that Greek medicine was wrong to think the heart controlled the body. His theory of the body as a system dominated medicine for 1,400 years. However, he was held back by religious beliefs that said dissection was wrong. Instead, he went to gladiator school where he was able to study wounds and also searched for broken tombs.

This clip is from:
History, Medicine through Time
First broadcast:
27 June 2007

Challenge the class to a quiz for which they will have to use their concentration and observation skills. Show the clip and then give teams ten minutes to write down as many biographical details about Galen as they can remember, as many of the ways Galen found out about how the body works, as many of the advances in medicine he made and, finally, as many of the errors he made. If it seems necessary, show the clip a second time.