Perspectives on Medicine and Healing

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Jim McKeown

College of Letters & Science Honors only

Ancient Medicine
Lecture 2, 11:00–12:15 TR
Advanced Chemistry
Lecture 2, 2:25–3:15 MWF; Discussion 553, 2:25–3:15 R; Lab 853, 7:45–10:45 T
Religion in Sickness and Health
Lecture 1, 11:00–11:50 MW; Discussion 309, 11:00–11:50 F

Can you imagine a world in which doctors knew nothing about blood circulation or microbes, in which magic and medicine were often combined, in which surgery was performed without anesthetics? Such was life in ancient Greece and Rome. And yet, many of the medical discoveries and practices of the Greeks and Romans were of fundamental importance in the development of Western medicine, and laid the foundation for some of the most basic tenets of modern medicine. The purpose of this course is to give an account of the various aspects of the healing profession in antiquity, focusing in particular on the ways in which it differed from or anticipated medical practices nowadays. The main seminar in this FIG, Classics 373: “Ancient Medicine,” will explore these issues while the other courses will deepen your understanding of the overall topic.

Religious Studies 102: “Religion in Sickness and Health” — This is an excellent companion course for students interested in the health sciences. Questions covered in this course include:

  • What is religion? Sickness? Health? How can we understand their relationships?
  • How do religious peoples understand and live in sickness and health?
  • How does physical well-being connect to spiritual well-being?
  • How does medicine connect to meaning-making?
  • How does looking at religion in sickness and health provide insight into its roles in different cultures and contexts?

From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, Africa, and the Mediterranean, we’ll approach these questions using perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, legal studies, and the medical sciences, among others. And we’ll come home to Wisconsin and the United States to examine these questions as well.

Chemistry 109: “Advanced General Chemistry” — A modern introduction to chemical principles that draws on current research themes. For students with good chemistry and mathematics background preparation who desire a one-semester coverage of general chemistry. Recommended for students intending majors in chemistry or allied fields. Lecture, lab, and discussion.