CLCIV 392 - Ancient Medicine in Greece & Rome
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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In this course we will survey the history of ancient medicine in Greece and Rome, keeping in mind the chronological development of the field as it emerged in Greece in the writing of the Hippocratics, as it spread to Alexandria, and then developed Rome, especially in the writing of Galen and Soranus. By examining ancient Greek medicine in light of the modern fields of pathology, surgery, pharmacology, therapy, obstetrics, psychology, anatomy, medical science, ethics, and education, the student will gain not only a better understanding of the foundations of Western medicine but also an appreciation for how medical terms, theories, and practices take on different meanings with changes in science and society.

Course Requirements:

A series of online quizzes focusing on textual analysis and close reading; bibliographic research; objective tests (essay questions); and three brief writing assignments that facilitate cross-cultural comparison on topics of controversy (e.g., abortion; hysteria or other gender-specific diseases; mental health; disability and chronic disease; the professionalization of the physician; vivisection). Assignments may also include a web page colloboration on broader themes in the course.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in learning a broad and humanistic understanding of the meaning of health, disease, and medicine in Western culture.

Class Format:

Three hours of lecture a week plus a one-hour discussion section.

CLCIV 392 - Ancient Medicine in Greece & Rome
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0140444513
Hippocratic writings, Author: edited with an introduction by G.E.R. Lloyd ; translated [from the Greek] by J. Chadwick and W.N. Mann ... [et al.]., Publisher: Penguin [New] ed., 1983
ISBN: 0415920876
Greek medicine : from the heroic to the Hellenistic age : a source book, Author: James Longrigg., Publisher: Routledge 1998
ISBN: 0801843200
Soranus' gynecology, Author: translated with an introduction by Owsei Temkin ; with the assistance of Nicholson J. Eastman, Ludwig Edelstein, and Alan F. Guttmacher., Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Softshell 1991
ISBN: 0415138957
Hippocrates' woman : reading the female body in ancient Greece, Author: Helen King., Publisher: Routledge 1998
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