HIS355H1: A History of Pre-modern Medicine

Hours: 
24L

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 Witherings's foxglove, the isolation of morphine.

Prerequisite: 

A course in medieval or pre-modern history

Recommended Preparation: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)