This course offers students the possibility to explore the notions of daily life in the medieval period of history with specific reference to the medical theory and practice in the course of time longer than a millennium. The course offers an overview of the changes in medical theory and practice from ancient Greek knowledge to the medieval encyclopedic tradition, with all the influences brought by the Arabic/Islamic or Persian traditions. A part of the course will focus on the development of medical knowledge in time, while also offering a comparative analysis of the development of more specific activities within the field of medicine on the Mediterranean. Thus, for example, through readings and discussions on hospital development, students will gain better understanding of different circumstances that led to the view of medieval medicine in the West being regarded as basically nonexistent, while the East is seen as being more sophisticated in this respect. Also, the course offers deeper insight into several specific topics, such as cult of saints, or state of medicine after the Middle Ages, by engaging junior or senior researchers to come and offer students insight into their field.
This class is open to students interested in social history, gender, history of science, medieval history, philosophy, or literary studies.