Comparative Literature (COM LIT)
COM LIT 180 - Variable Topics: Medical Humanities in Comparative Contexts: Foundations of Western Medicine, from Hippocrates to Vesalius
Seminar: Sem 1
Class ID: 152780200
Class Website: https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/18S-COMLIT180-1
Open: 12 of 20 Left
0 of 3 Taken
Humanities Building Room A48
Final Exam Information
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Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Study and discussion of defined periods and approaches in medical humanities, giving pride of place to literary and cultural expressions in dialogue with other disciplines such as anthropology, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, or sociology. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
The Greek physician Hippocrates is traditionally identified as father of medicine. This affirmation drastically abbreviates medicine's long history, from Antiquity to dawn of modern science. From Hippocrates to recovery and renewed analysis of ancient medicine in Renaissance best heralded by Vesalius, study presents development and transmission of knowledge in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium; through Middle Ages, Arabic world, and Renaissance. Focus on achievements, theories, and beliefs of great figures while examining their environmental, societal, religious, cultural, economic, and technical contexts. Survey of knowledge of human body--its functions and dysfunctions, and methods for its study; ways of preserving health, preventing disease, and treating illness; and many parameters that favored or limited investigation.
General Education (GE)
This class does not satisfy any GE requirements.
This class does not satisfy the undergraduate Writing II requirement.
This class does not satisfy any College/School diversity requirement.
- COMPARATIVE LITERATURE POLICY FOR ATTENDANCE AND LATE ENROLLMENT IN ALL 2W AND 4W CLASSES:
- The department will cancel your enrollment in any Comparative Literature 2W and 4W class if you do not attend at least one of the first two class meetings.
- After the first week of classes, wait-listed students may enroll in Comparative Literature 2W and 4W classes only with permission to enroll obtained from the instructor.
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