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Vivian Nutton: Honorary Professor

Vivian NuttonThe Departments of History, Classics and Ancient History, and the Centre for the History of Medicine, are delighted to announce Professor Vivian Nutton as an Honorary Professor.

Professor Nutton was a Fellow in Classics at Selwyn College, Cambridge for over a decade, teaching ancient history , before moving to the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at UCL in 1977. He remained there until his retirement in 2009, heading the Academic Unit from 1996 to 2000. A Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, and the German Academy of Science, he has written extensively on all aspects of the history of medicine from classical antiquity to the seventeenth century. Galen of Pergamum (129-216) has been at the centre of his interests, ever since his edition of On prognosis (1979). His editio princeps of On my own opinions appeared in 1999, and that of On problematical movements in 2011.

Professor Nutton's annotated translation of Avoiding distress is scheduled to appear in 2012. He has published a major edition and translation of the renaissance doctor Girolamo Mercuriale’s De arte gymnastica (2008), as well as important studies of renaissance plague and civic physicians. 2012 should see his analysis of the newly discovered notes and drawings of Andreas Vesalius for a never published third edition of his De humani corporis fabrica (1543, 1555), the most famous of all books on anatomy. He is also preparing a revision of his 2004 Ancient medicine, as well as the introduction to a volume of medical papyri from Oxyrhynchus.