HISTORY OF MEDICINE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will (a) know the main advances in medical knowledge and practice and (b) acquire the capability of understand medical notions in an historical perspective.
There is no specific prep requirement for this course. The Council of the Medical School has defined what examinations are mandatory to have the possibility to undergo the exam of General Pathology and History of Medicine.
Course contents summary
The course will concern the main advances in the medical theory and practice, with particular emphasis on specific subjects.
The origins: medicine in prehistoric and pre-classical ages.
Greek and Roman medicine.
Outside Europe: China and India
The medieval medicine: plagues, hospitals, universities
The modern age: the anatomic revolution and the first discoveries in physiology
XIX and XX centuries: from illuminism to the origin of experimental medicine and the triumphs of molecular biology
The 3rd millennium: technologies and perspectives
- Disease evolution
- The Black Death
- Virchow and the experimental approach to medicine
Storia della medicina e della sanita` in Italia-Laterza, 2004.
L'arte lunga. Storia della medicina dall'antichità a oggi
Storia e teorie della salute e della malattia Carocci, 2014
Lessons will be on site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented.
Lectures will be interactive and will be carried on through a dialogue between the teacher and the students.
Supporting didactic material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly) and will include slide presentations, audio-video aids or video-recording of the lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will arrange a PowerPoint presentation on a subject relevant for the history of medicine.
The presentation will be discussed and evaluated during the oral examination on the other parts of the Integrated Course and will contribute to the final grades. See the site of the Integrated Course for further information.