Medicine: Old Course Description

This course covers ancient medicine with a focus on Classical texts.  However, we will examine Egyptian and Babylonian documents as vital components in the development of medical thought.  The content has been organized by theme into modules: Gods and Medicine, Philosophy and Medicine, Experimentation and Discovery, Medical Practice, Health and Disease, and Medical Ethics.  This course will not move through material chronologically, and so we have provided a timeline to help you orient the texts.
This is an inter-institutional course involving faculty from various colleges and universities. We will hold three inter-institutional events, one each month of the course.  The format of these events will vary from guest lecture to collaborative roundtable discussions.  Interaction across campuses is supported and encouraged, whether it be visiting the other class in person or beaming into a class on another campus.


This course is made up of 6 modules focusing on specific topics. Each module encompasses as topic within ancient medicine and has its own objectives and texts. There are readings that link modules throughout the course, however, instructors should feel free to move things around as they see fit. Modules can be applied to courses in a variety of ways. They can be used to frame an entire course, or they can be shortened or lengthened in order to apply focus where you would like.