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Vivian Nutton FBA (born 21 December 1943) is a British historian of medicine and Emeritus Professor at the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London.


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Nutton acquired a BA in Classics at Cambridge in 1965 and subsequently taught there as a Fellow of Selwyn College (1967–77). He received his PhD in 1970. Since 1977 he has worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine as a Lecturer, and since 1993 as Professor. He is a member of several international learned societies and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Nutton's main field of research is the Greek physician Galen. Beyond that, his work comprises the whole of the ancient history of medicine and its reception history, in particular during the Renaissance and in the Muslim world.

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Vivian Nutton Vivian Nutton Univ College London Beyond the Galenic canon

  • John Caius and the Manuscripts of Galen, Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society, 1987
  • From Democedes to Harvey: Studies in the History of Medicine, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 1988
  • Medicine at The Courts of Europe 1500-1837, London: Routledge, 1990
  • The Western Medical Tradition: 800 BC to Ad 1800, with Lawrence I. Conrad and Michael Neve, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995
  • The History of Medical Education in Britain, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1995
  • Galen, On My Own Opinions, (trans.) Akademie Verlag, 1999
  • Renaissance Studies: Medicine in the Renaissance City, (Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
  • The Unknown Galen, London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2002
  • Ancient Medicine, London: Routledge, 2005
  • Pestilential Complexities: Understanding Medieval Plague, London: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2008
  • Galen: On Problematical Movements, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • Method of Medicine, Volume I: Books 1-4 (Loeb Classical Library), Cambridge, Mass: Harvard Univ. Press, 2011

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