We are producing a series of podcasts that will provide a survey of the history of medicine from classical antiquity into the 20th century. The podcasts are ‘enhanced’; that is they have accompanying images and can be downloaded onto an MP3 player such as an iPod or viewed on a computer. You can access the podcasts in two ways: either on Blackboard or by clicking on the links below, which will take you to a password protected site. Please email Mary Fissell firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the password. Check back as we produce the podcasts.
| Classical Antiquity|
Topics include Hippocrates, the social history of Greek and Roman
medical practice, Alexandrian anatomy, and the advent of Christianity
and its impact upon healing. We examine humoral medicine, the basis
of Western medical practice for over a millennium.
| The Middle Ages|
In these podcasts, we explore the transmission of ancient learning to
Islamic medicine and then its re-transmission to the Latin West. We
also explore the role of monasteries as health care providers and
look at two diseases in detail: leprosy and the Black Death.
| The Renaissance|
In these podcasts, we look at the mix of old and new that
characterized Renaissance medicine. Vesalius re-made practices of
anatomy, and Paracelsus developed a new scheme that challenged
humoral medicine. Gunpowder, syphilis, and new drugs from the New
World altered medical practices.
| The Early Modern Period|
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, sources allow us to
explore the experiences of individual patients in detail for the first
time, and balance them with accounts of the wide range of healers
and healing practices. Podcasts explore the growth of hospitals and
hospital medicine, and the new attention to institutions such as
prisons and ships.
| The Nineteenth Century|
In the nineteenth century, social reformers began to address the
health consequences of urbanization and industrialization,
developing what would become public health. The advent of
laboratory medicine produced germ theory and a host of new
practices to control infectious disease. Medical knowledge became
re-oriented as researchers focused upon smaller units of analysis --
tissues and cells -- and created a localized model of disease.
The Twentieth Century
Podcasts explore the reform of medical education in America with the
Flexner report, particularly at Johns Hopkins. The hospital becomes
central to medical care, and childbirth moves from home to hospital
and midwife to obstetrician. Podcasts on eugenics and on the
Tuskegee syphilis study explore the themes of medicine and race,
while others focus on the development of antibiotics and the mortality