This course will compare medicine in ancient China (particularly acupuncture) with medicine found in ancient Greece and Rome. We will look at figures such as Chinese physician Chunyu Yi, as well as Greek and Roman physicians as Hippocrates and Galen. Our main themes will include: How was medicine defined in the ancient world? To what extent was its practice similar or different from modern professional forms? Was medicine a craft or a science? Did ancient physicians dissect? What relationship existed between medicine and religion or magic? How do we explain differences between the Western and Chinese medical traditions?
Course assignments will include response papers (40%), classroom attendance and participation (20%), a presentation (10%), and a final paper (30%).
No prior knowledge of Chinese or classical languages is required.
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