In this article, the authors propose that late antique medicine is a rich and versatile subject to teach in undergraduate courses, despite a seeming lack of sources and teaching resources. Following an introduction, authors Crislip, Langford, Llewellyn Ihssen, and Marx offer contributions describing their experiences teaching courses that offer some coverage of medicine in Late Antiquity. The contributions show that late antique medicine fits in easily as part of courses on magic and science, and that it lends itself to comparative or world-historical approaches. Late antique medicine likewise provides opportunities to explore the relationship of religion to science and of medicine to the humanities. The authors show that a range of approaches to late antique medicine, including disability studies and medical anthropology, can inspire productive and thoughtful responses from students, and serve as a helpful introduction to the medical humanities for aspiring healthcare professionals.
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Research Article| December 01 2019
Approaches to Teaching the History of Medicine in Late Antiquity
Studies in Late Antiquity (2019) 3 (4): 475–507.
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Jared Secord, Jessica Wright; Approaches to Teaching the History of Medicine in Late Antiquity. Studies in Late Antiquity 1 December 2019; 3 (4): 475–507. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2019.3.4.475
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