Scientists Are Using X-Rays To Uncover The Hidden Words Of Greek Physician Galen In 1,500-Year-Old Book

A 1,500-year-old book with the words of Greek physician Galen is being subjected to x-rays to reveal hidden writing.

Approximately 1,500 years ago, an unknown individual took the words of the famous Greek physician Galen of Pergamon and inscribed them inside a book, and this week scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California are using highly intense x-rays in an attempt to reveal the hidden writings.

The reason Galen’s writings in this book are unreadable today is because 1,000 years ago, someone decided that Christian Psalms were more important than medical jargon, and worked extremely hard to scrape off the medical text that had been written so that it could be replaced by Psalms, according to Live Science. This book then disappeared for a time and resurfaced in Germany in the year 1900.

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