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Title: Medicine, Magic, Miracle
Course Section Number: CLA-213-01F
Department: Classics
Description: This course will survey major healers, theories, techniques, and tools for the practice of medicine in Greek and Roman antiquity. We'll look at how 'scientific' medicine developed in contrast to traditional beliefs that pointed to the gods as the cause of illness; we'll delve into Hippocratic medical treatises; we'll consider the devastating effects of plague and other epidemics; we'll visit alternatives such as temple healing and magic; and we'll ponder ancient ethical dilemmas that frame medical practice to this day, concerning, e.g., abortion and assisted suicide. In order to explore the history of medicine more broadly, we will visit the Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis. The course is discussion based. Students will give presentations and complete a substantial project that they will present at the end of the semester.Pre-requisite: CLA course or Instructor consent.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/18/2022-05/05/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 02:40PM - 03:55PM, Hays Science, Room 321
Faculty: Wickkiser, Bronwen

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 16
Cross-list Group Student Count: 15
Calculated Course Status: OPEN
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