Experimentation in Ancient Medicine: Animals and Humans


Location: Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Heinrich von Staden, professor emeritus, classics and history of science, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

Heinrich von Staden has written on a variety of topics in ancient science, medicine, philosophy, and literary theory, from the fifth century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Drawing on a wide range of scientific, philosophical, and religious sources, he has contributed to the transformation of the history of ancient science and medicine, particularly of the Hellenistic period. His book Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria (1989) is a major contribution to the history of Greek intellectual discourse. His current projects include a book on Erasistratus (one of the two Hellenistic pioneers of human dissection), a study of the exegesis of scientific texts in antiquity, and further work on the “semantics of matter” in ancient science.

All are welcome to attend.

Co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Department of Classics, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, the Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program, and the Philip S. and Joan C. Coogan Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine.