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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    • The First Joan and Menelaos A. Aliapoulious, M.D. Hellenism Lecture with Brooke Holmes Time: 5:00p - 7:00p Location: Mountcastle Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe Street Details:

      "Galen on Untaught Nature"
        Brooke Holmes

      The First Joan and Menelaos A. Aliapoulious, M.D. Hellenism Lecture

      Reception to follow at 6pm in the Institute of the History of Medicine, 3rd Floor, Welch Medical Library

      Professor Holmes will discuss Galen's views on the concept of "untaught nature."  The idea of a nature in the body that is "untaught" goes back to the Hippocratic writers.  It is enthusiastically embraced by Galen as a way of making sense of how the parts of the body "know" how to function without possessing intelligence or reason.  Professor Holmes will analyze some of the difficulties that Galen faced in understanding such natural knowledge, as well as the relationship of untaught nature to the intelligence of the creator god.  She will analyze, too, how the shortcomings of untaught nature open the door to the practice of medicine.


      This lecture is supported by a fund donated by Menelaos A. Aliapoulios, M.D., School of Medicine Class of 1959. The fund was established at the Institute of the History of Medicine in 2011 to promote the understanding of the contributions of ancient Greece to the biomedical sciences.


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