Jun 1st 2016

The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts (edX)

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Learn about medieval Jewish medical training and thought by exploring and interpreting medical manuscripts. This history course taught by Professor Y. Tzvi Langermann will offer a general introduction to medieval medical ideas. In addition, you will learn how clues from manuscripts help us better understand the text’s use and its history.

The manuscripts reviewed in this course are written in Judeo-Arabic and were at some point sewn between covers into a single codex.

While no previous knowledge is required, this course will be of most interest to advanced students of Jewish and medieval medicine studies in that it introduces a rare and fascinating medical text from the University of Pennsylvania’s manuscript collections.

What you'll learn:

- What manuscripts can teach us that other printed works cannot

- The basics of three important medical texts

1. Sa’ īd b. Hibat Allāh, al-Mughnī fī Tadbīr al- Amrāḍ (All You Need to Manage Diseases)

2. Abū ‘Alī Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna), al-Adwiya al- Qalbiyya (On Cardiac Drugs)

3. Alī b. al-’Abbās al-Majūsī, al-Kāmil fī Ṣinā’at al- Ṭibb (The Complete Art of Medicine)

- Some basic premise of medieval Jewish medical training and thought

- What paratexts are and how to read them

- Cues to lexicography and philology