21 Oct

Infection and Disease, Healing and Recovery: Byzantine concepts of healing

Opening hours / Beginning:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

21 October 2021



PD Dr. Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann: Byzantinische Heilkonzepte ("Byzantine concepts of healing")

Byzantine concepts of healing are largely based on the traditions of medicine that were developed in Classical Antiquity, in particular in the writings of Galen and in the Corpus Hippocraticum. However, they also incorporate many innovative elements, which were derived from physicians’ professional experiences in the treatment of patients, clinical routines, and intensive transcultural dialog with representatives of other medical cultures (primarily the Arabic and Jewish schools, but also those of Latin Europe). The lecture will present a selection of these Byzantine concepts and their sources.

"Infection and Disease, Healing and Recovery" — lecture series organized by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Munich (Winter Semester 2021/22)

In the course of the past 18 months or so, countless television programs, lecture series, podcasts – as well as stories on social media, newspapers, magazines and other media – have dealt with the medical and ecological background to the current coronavirus pandemic. Its psychological impact and its social, economic and political repercussions have also been widely debated. Indeed, never before has there been some much interest in an infectious disease, and how to treat it successfully.

Infectious diseases, their cultural and social impacts, and medicine’s long battle against them have been a subject of great interest to humankind for very much longer stretch of time.

The lecture series organized by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ZMR) will focus on the historical record of infectious and other diseases, and on efforts to heal those afflicted by them during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The Lecture Series will be held in German. All students who have registered with LSF will receive the Zoom link for the series by email at their campus address. Other interested parties can register by sending an email to either Jan Glück or Klaus Kipf. They will then receive the link for the Zoom sessions by email.

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