[GLAM 215] Ancient Medicine
This course addresses various aspects of Greco-Roman medical systems: what constitutes a â€œhealthyâ€ body; how genetics and environment affect health status; what diseases affect humans; the relationship between symptom and cause of disease; what treatment styles are practiced/recommended; the importance of case studies, family history, and environmental factors in determining a course of treatment; and womenâ€™s [reproductive] medicine [including theories of how reproduction happens in humans and suggestions for midwives]. Students engage with large selections of the Hippocratic Corpus, Aristotle, Soranus, and Galen; and shorter selections of other relevant authors [e.g., Pliny the Elder]. Throughout, students are asked to use the Greeks and Romans as a way to interrogate contemporary medical epistemology: what do we â€œknowâ€ about the body, disease, and treatment, and how do we know it? How do we define â€œhealth?â€ What socio-cultural assumptions do we make about the nature of illness and people who suffer with illness? Taught in English.
Fulfills Domain/Capstone Requirements
Also listed as Health and Society 215.