Minor in Medieval Studies - The Beginnings of Western Medicine: the Birth of the Body HSTC 2202   The Beginnings of Western Medicine: the Birth of the Body
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will look at how the body was viewed in ancient scientific theory and practice. Western medicine as a rationalized scientific practice finds its origins in the ancient Greek philosophical and medical texts attributed to “Hippocrates”. Through a close reading of selected ancient medical texts, this course will explore ideas of how the human body is constituted, how it relates to the Cosmos as a whole, what the role of the physician was seen to be, and how illness and healing were seen as changes in the balance of the components of the body.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: CLAS 2202.03