Galen

Galen Roadshow. Talks to extend Galen in Rome/Galen in Crediton for GCSE students in History to big presentation in Exeter (organised by QE teachers) and to Cornwall (organised by Callington College). Talks to extend beyond 15-year olds to over 60s. Plans with Exeter branch of U3A for March 2014.

Galen in Hounslow: Kevin Sarwar-Polley of Independent Activities Project came to Exeter in May 2014 for consultation, and plans to roll out Galen Diet to public health and NHS venues in Hounslow.

In Cambridge, Andrew Brown plans a Galen Diet for October, within the Cambridge and Age initiative. John Wilkins will give a presentation on Galen and his challenge to Epicurus, who is at the philosophical heart of Andrew’s project. David Leith will also contribute to Andrew’s project.

Galen thus now combines with Epicureans as well as Stoics within our project.

Collaboration with the Exeter Medical School has also strengthened. Our medical collaborators believe Galen can offer much to health and wellbeing within the NHS provision. We have joint papers on the possible contribution Galen might make to preventive medicine. Professor Paul Dieppe, a rheumatologist is our principal collaborator in the Medical School. Drs Debbie Marsden, a medical chemist, and Linda Long, an assessor for NICE and complementary health practitioner, are key members of Paul’s team who have worked with us.

In April 2015, a conference on Aristotle, Galen and Health is being organised by David Leith, Dr Gabriele Galuzzo (another really nice addition to the Department, specialising in Aristotle and ancient philosophy) and Paul Dieppe.

Current Projects Update

Our team has been strengthened  by the appointment of Dr David Leith to the Classics Department. He is a Medical Historian with particular strengths in papyrology; the Hellenistic doctors Erasistratus and Herophilus, who provided Galen with much of his understanding of muscles and nerves; and Asclepiades of Bithynia, with whose particulate model of the body Galen profoundly disagreed (a model close to that of Epicurus’ atomic theory: see below).

Success of Westbank with Sarah Bird.  Approved by Head of National Lottery. Sarah is now working in Devon Public Health, but was reunited recently in meeting at Westbank with Kevin Sarwar-Polley from the Independent Activities Project.