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Fall 2011-2012
* CLA 345 (HA)  

Ancient Greco-Roman Medicine: From Hippocrates to Galen

Brooke A. Holmes

This course is for undergraduates from all backgrounds with an interest in ancient Greco-Roman medicine and the historical roots of contemporary biomedicine. We will examine how a medical tradition forms around the body as an object of knowledge and therapy, paying close attention to socio-historical context. We also explore issues that remain relevant to medicine, such as the construction of scientific authority, pain and knowledge, error and chance in medicine, narrative and disease, the "naturalization" of cultural categories, the privileging of anatomy, and body-mind interaction. Reading from primary and secondary sources in translation.

Sample reading list:
G.E.R. Lloyd, Hippocratic Writings
J. Jouanna, Hippocrates
H. King, Hippocrates' Woman
S. Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body
V. Nutton, Ancient Medicine
M. Frede and R. Walzer, Galen: Three Treatises on the Nature of Science

Reading/Writing assignments:
2 short response papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
All texts in translation.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23509 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:21 Limit:26