The course will introduce the student to the study of medical thought and medical disciplines and practices from the Vth to the XVIst century.
At the end of the course the student will be able:
to spot topics, outlines, written sources, and iconographic materials shown throughout the lessons, placing them adequately in space and time with a strong attention to the different political, institutional and socio-cultural contexts;
to trace a basic bibliography concerning specific issues of investigation thanks to critical skills that allow him to distinguish among scientifically worthwhile texts, informative texts and unverifiable informations;
to approach data gathering and interpretation, being aware of the complexity –occasionally, the contradictoriness – proper of the historical sources as well as the historiographical reconstructions;
to report the general outlines of the history of medical thought and arts from the end of the classic world to the early modern; to develop discussions on the subjects addressed by attending the course;
to set and carry out a basic historical investigation concerning topics related to the history of medicine and medical practices, with special regard to the middle age.