HIS355H1: A History of Pre-modern Medicine


This course surveys major themes and developments in the history of medicine from c.600 BCE to 1800 CE. Topics include: Hippocrates, Galen and their reception in the Middle Ages; monasteries, medicinal gardens and hospitals; medieval licensing of physicians and pharmacists; medieval scholastic medicine; the Black Death; Renaissance anatomy and charlatans; New World drug discoveries; William Harvey's heart, William Withering's foxglove, the isolation of morphine.

1.0 credit in medieval or pre-modern history. Students who do not meet the prerequisite are encouraged to contact the Department.
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