Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Ancient Medicine: From Homer to Vesalius

Ancient Medicine: From Homer to Vesalius. This site is an online exhibition prepared in conjunction with the Colloquium "Antiqua Medicina: Aspects in Ancient Medicine." The colloqium was held on February 27, 1997 in University of Virginia's McLeod Hall.

Almost ten years later, the library at the University of Virginia has kept this exhibit online. I am glad they did although I admit I was a bit unnerved by the pictures of surgical instruments found at Surgical Instruments from Ancient Rome. (The Vaginal Speculum looks downright frightening!)

There are several sections devoted to women. Ancient Gynecology covers birth control and the Caesarean Section. The Caesarean had nothing to do with Julius Caesar and it was rarely performed as the mother would die. Women In Medicine examines the limited role of women in ancient medicine and focuses on midwifery.

There are several biographies as well including Hippocrates, Galen, and Vesalius the Humanist. This is a well done site and it gives a good overview to ancient health care. It is very apparent that ancient healers knew a great deal about the human body and that some of their medicines and surgical procedures were effective.

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