How the Twelfth Century Invented Academic Medicine
Lecture by by Professor Faith Wallis
2016 History & Classical Studies Homecoming lecture
Saturday October 29, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Théâtre J. Armand Bombardier
McCord Museum/Musée McCord
690 Sherbrooke St. West
The fact that medicine is now taught in universities, and is considered a science as well as an art, is the achievement of western Europe in the 12th century. To illustrate how this academic turn came about, and how medicine was re-shaped as a science and a learned profession, we will explore the lectures of a pioneering professor, Bartholomaeus of Salerno. Not only was Bartholomaeus extremely influential, but his lectures are vivid and racy, filled with examples from daily life, and controversial statements about the burning issues of the day.
Faith Wallis is a prolific historian of medieval Europe, specializing in the history of science and medicine. At McGill University, she holds a joint appointment with the Department of Social Studies and Medicine and the Department of History and Classical Studies. She is a a winner of the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching in McGill’s Faculty of Arts, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.