My most recent book is The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire (Oxford University Press 2013). It is a social-historical biography of the ancient physician Galen, a cultural icon whose works were the basis of western medicine until the Renaissance. I have also written Galen and the Rhetoric of Healing (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), an analysis of Galen's stories about his patients and a study of his medical practice; and Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate (University of California, 1999). I have co-written a textbook, The Ancient Mediterranean World from the Stone Age to A.D. 600 (Oxford University Press, 2004). After a year of professional development studying social and psychology and transcultural psychiatry, I have begun publishing articles on mental disorders in antiquity. I am also working on a global history of menopause. I teach graduate and undergraduate classes in World History and in the history of Greece, Rome, ancient Egypt, marriage, disease, medicine, women, and law.
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