Unit 5 - The Middle Age: Byzantine, Arabic and European Medicine
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (ES)
The student will explore the characters and structure of medical practice in three different medical traditions:
- Byzantine medicine
- Arabic Medicine
- European medicine
The three medical traditions are explored through their connections with Greek and Roman medicine and under the light of the most important anthropological and sociological changes influencing the society of the Middle Age in Europe and the Mediterranean:
- The birth of hospital and its impact on health care facing the two most significant public health emergencies of Medieval society: the great epidemics and mental health
- The role of woman
- The meaning of body
The students will explore the medical history of the Middle Age following the multi-disciplinary perspective of medical humanities through the analysis of historical facts and their impact on society and the culture. In this way the Unit will present to the student the variety of elements influencing clinical decision making in the different periods, especially in the High and Low Middle Age, where the societal values show a great transformation anticipating the birth of Humanism and the Renaissance.
The organization of contents follows the classical periods of Middle Age history and a monographic part oriented to elucidate relevant topics of Middle Age and improve the understanding of clinical practice and the other factors influencing decision making, such as legal, ethical, professional and cultural factors, without to lose the attention on the anthropology and sociology of medieval medicine.