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Spring 2021 Middle East GU4239 section 001
Medicine and Disease in the Pre-Modern I
Medicine & Disease Islami

Call Number 11002
Day & Time
F 4:10pm-6:00pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Elaine Van Dalen
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Throughout the classical and post-classical periods, medical actors from different social and intellectual backgrounds aimed to make sense of the human body and disease, and worked to provide treatments and preserve health. In this class we will consider who these actors were, examining the categories of learned physicians versus practitioners and studying the role women played in health care. We will study practices of medical education and evaluate regulatory systems that determined access to the medical profession. We will also consider how physicians believed they could obtain knowledge about medical phenomena, and how they theorized human pathology, physiology, and epidemics. We will ask to what extent the theoretical, written treatises that survive today are representative of everyday medical practice in pre-modern West Asia. We inspect additional archeological evidence such as talismans and magic bowls in order to study popular and religious medical approaches. We will do this while tracing the development of the Greco-Arabic medical tradition alongside evolving Islamic theological views and Prophetic medicine, covering a period of roughly five centuries from the early ╩┐Abbasid period to the Black Death in the 14th century. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 6 students (15 max) as of 11:38AM Sunday, November 28, 2021
Subject Middle East
Number GU4239
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MDES4239G001

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