21W.746 Humanistic Perspectives on Medicine: From Ancient Greece to Modern America

As taught in: Spring 2005

A black and white photograph of a man being examined by a doctor.

Board of Health examination of applicant for working papers to see that he is physically able to work, 1913. (Image courtesy of theĀ Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-62799 (b&w film copy negative)].)




Prof. Anthony Lioi

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the human side of medicine: the nature of the physician's identity and obligations; the history and philosophy of the Western medical tradition; the experience of being ill and being a patient; and the challenges of medical ethics. The writing in this class is therefore conceived as an instrument of exploration, and is an integral part of the class's activities.