X320 History and Philosophy of Medicine

X320 History and Philosophy of Medicine
Professor Domenico Bertoloni Meli
TR 1:00 pm-2:15 pm
This class covers select episodes in the history and philosophy of
medicine from antiquity to contemporary issues. We shall focus on
anatomy, physiology, and the understanding of disease at different
times, reading both historical accounts and some primary sources. Some
of the topics and key figures include Hippocrates and Galen in
antiquity, Andreas Vesalius in the Renaissance, the discovery of the
circulation of the blood and the rise of microscopy in the 17th
century, the rise of clinical medicine, pathology, Laennec and the
stethoscope around 1800, and the changing understanding of diseases
such as tubercolosis and cancer.