History of Medicine

History of Medicine

From ancient systems of belief to modern scientific approaches. The origins of Chinese medicine are shrouded in myth and date back to 5000 years BC. Indian and Egyptian also mythical with appeals to the benevolence of mystical forces. Diagnosis was based mainly on skin, emotional state, pattern of breathing, tongue and sensory organs. These systems also recognised the impact of environmental conditions on the symptoms.Hippocrates dominated ancient Greek and Roman medicine and was the archetypal ancient doctor. Middle ages when Islamic and Jewish healers and scholars played a critical role in healing. Pestilence, plague and superstition were commonplace.

From 1400s onward we became more aware of structure and function of humans. Even Leonardo da Vinci dissected bodies and produced anatomical illustrations. Then a plethora of discoveries and inventions evolved. Including scurvy, fallopian tubes, mania, anaesthetic, cholera prevention, amputations and so onto heart lung transplants, “test tube” babies, polio vaccine, Valium and so much more. – Helen Ritchie

Day: Friday
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Place: U3A – Room 1, Parry House, 468-472 Peel Street, Tamworth
Duration: 6 Sessions only – 12th February to 19th March
Course Leader: Helen Ritchie
Contact: 0499 666 881
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