CLA 231 / HLS 231 / GHP 331 / HIS 231

Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine: Bodies, Physicians, and Patients

Brooke A. Holmes and Xiaoxi Zhang

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This course looks at the formation of a techne (“art” or “science”) of medicine in fifth-century BCE Greece and debates about the theory and practice of healthcare in Greco-Roman antiquity. We look at early Greek medicine in relationship to established medical traditions in Egypt and Mesopotamia; medical discourses of human nature, gender, race, and the body; debates about the ethics of medical research; the relationship of the body to the mind; and the nature of “Greek” medicine as it travels to Alexandria, Rome and beyond. Readings drawn from primary sources as well as contemporary texts in medical humanities and bioethics.

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