Course Description for The Healing Arts
The Healing Arts
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program. We will explore the classical traditions of medicine and their re-interpretation during the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. Students will discover and analyze the tents of Galen, whose humoral system monopolized medicine for over a thousand years. They will learn about the role of the Church in regulating certain medical activity and why the arrival of religious reform challenged Galenic thought. Control of the medical marketplace by elitist physicians persisted until the 17th century, shutting out surgeons, apothecaries and other irregulars (including midwives and wise women)from licensed responsibility.