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Fathers of Biology

Charles McRae

Book Overview: 

An account given of the lives of five great naturalists (Hippocrates, Aristotle, Galen, Vesalius and Harvey) will not be found devoid of interest. The work of each one of them marked a definite advance in the science of Biology.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The king is said also to have established there a school for Aristotle. The high respect in which Alexander held his teacher is expressed in his saying that he honoured him no less than his own father, for while to one he owed life, to the other he owed all that made life valuable.

In 336 B.C. Alexander, who was then only about twenty years of age, became king, and Aristotle soon afterwards quitted Macedonia and took up his residence in Athens once more, after an absence of about twelve years. Here he opened a school in the Lycæum, a gymnasium on the eastern side of the city, and continued his work there for about twelve years, during which time Alexander was making his brilliant conquests. The lectures were given for the most part while walking in the garden, and in consequence, perhaps, of this, the[24] sect received the name of the Peripatetics. The discourses were of two kinds—the esoteric, or abstruse, and the exoteric, or familiar; the forme. . . Read More

Community Reviews

5 short biographies of those who had some of the greatest impacts in the field of biology, including Hippocrates, Aristotle, Galen, Versalius, and Harvey.

Written in 1890, this was a summary of the recieved wisdom of its time. It was comprehensive and articulate but written in a somewhat stilted manner. I dropped it to a 3 star rating because the final part of the Librevox recording was missing, so only 80% of the book was available.

Brief and to the point. Really enjoyed it.