The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to a lecture by Marquis Berrey, Associate Professor in Classics, University of Iowa
Ancient Surgery in Early Modern Italy: Celsus, Benivieni, Morgagni
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:30-6:30
MERF Room 2117 (Medical Education and Research Facility)
European medical professionals from the 15th through the early 19th centuries treated the De Medicina “On Medicine” by the ancient Roman encyclopediast Aulus Cornelius Celsus (fl. 30 CE) as a standard medical reference equivalent to the works of Hippocrates and Galen. Celsus’ stylish Latin text with its detailed clinical and surgical instructions found wide readership over the early modern period among notable practitioners, from the Florentine surgeon Antonio Benivieni (1443-1502) to Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771), professor of anatomy at Padua. This lecture considers how Benivieni and Morgagni put Celsus’ De Medicina to work in medical ethics, in identifications of syphilis, and in specific surgical interventions.
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