Social and cultural history of medicine (2018/2019)

Course code
4S003241
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Arcangeli
Coordinator
Alessandro Arcangeli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. 1B dal Nov 19, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

To familiarize with the field of medical history, critical competence on its intellectual vocabulary and a first introduction to its worldwide literature; to develop strategies for the interpretation of sources via this mode of enquiry.

Syllabus

Historical concepts of illness and disease.

1. Required reading:
Rob Boddice, Pain: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017;
*Mirko Drazen Grmek, La vita, le malattie e la storia, Rome, Di Renzo, 1998;
Mirko Drazen Grmek, The Concept of Disease, in Id. (ed.), Western Medical Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press;
Mirko Drazen Grmek, Le concept de maladie, in Id. (ed.), Histoire de la pensée médicale en Occident, vols 2 and 3;
*Roy Porter, What is Disease?, in Id. (ed.), The Cambridge History of Medicine, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 71-102.

2. Also, one of the following combinations of texts:
2a = *Vincenzo Di Benedetto, Il medico e la malattia. La scienza di Ippocrate, Turin, Einaudi, 1986 (La nozione della malattia, pp. 11-34);
+ Danielle Gourevitch, I giovani pazienti di Galeno. Per una patocenesi dell'impero romano, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2001;
or
2b = *Mary Lindemann, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe, 2nd edn, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010 (Sickness and Health, pp. 11-49);
+ *Andrew Wear, Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550-1680, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000 (Diseases, pp. 104-153).

3. Moreover, at least one among the following:
Maria Pia Donato, Morti improvvise. Medicina e religione nel Settecento, Rome, Carocci, 2010;
Barbara Duden, The woman beneath the skin: a doctor's patients in eighteenth-century Germany, trans. by T. Dunlap, Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 1991;
Georges Vigarello, Histoire des pratiques de santé. Le sain et le malsain depuis le Moyen Age (various titles and publishers since 1993).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mirko Drazen Grmek La vita, le malattie e la storia Di Renzo 1998 978-8-886-04490-5
Rob Boddice Pain: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press 2017 978-0-198-73856-5

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral interview.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018