The Univ. of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to hear Marquis Berrey, Asst Prof, Classics, Univ of Iowa
Performance and Power: Medical Attitudes toward Technology in the Hellenistic Period
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:30-6:30
Room 401, Univ. of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
The Hellenistic period in the ancient Mediterranean (c.323-31 BCE) saw the invention of screws, pistons, and steam-driven toys, along with numerous advances in the size and scale of weaponry. What influence did these developments have on the use of mechanics in contemporary medicine? Marquis Berrey will investigate the different responses of three royal physicians, whose attitudes toward technology can be correlated with their understanding of the social power and performance of medicine.