ONLINE HISTORY COURSE
Call the Midwife: Women Healers from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Women are conspicuous by their absence from the annals of medical history. The principal reason for this lies in the patriarchal nature of Western societies from Antiquity into the modern era. Women were, for the most part, strictly forbidden from the formal study of medicine (or any other university discipline). With the possible exception of women healers like Trotula and the other so-called “ladies of Salerno”, we have very few records of women as professors of medicine or as recognized masters of the healing arts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
In spite of this millennia-long bias, women have played important roles as healers throughout human history. Working as midwives, herbalists, pharmacists, and practitioners of “folk medicine,” women healers have quite possibly examined and treated more patients than their male counterparts.
Join physiologist and historian of medicine, Dr. Jeremy Wasser, as we redress this gender imbalance in medical history. This course will explore the ways in which women healers were trained, the specific medical specialties in which they worked, and the ways in which they interacted with their patients, especially female patients. We will also take a look at the response of the male medical community to the presence of women healers in their midst, a response that led, for example, to the formalization of midwifery training and the advent of the “male midwife” beginning in the 16th century.
Come along as we “Call the Midwife” and explore the history of women healers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance!
Jeremy Wasser, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Physiology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wasser serves as the program leader for study abroad programs in Germany, focused on the history of medicine, providing future doctors and biomedical science researchers with a foundation in physiology and the medical humanities. Along with his scientific publications he has written and lectured on the culture of disease, the history of public health and health policy, the history of human experimentation, and the role of physiological education in contemplative practices. Additionally, Wasser’s training in opera and theatre inform the unique personas that he creates for lectures in the history of medicine and performances related to science and storytelling.
Virtual Classroom: Full access to an online educational platform with discussion forum, videos of recordings, syllabus, and reading list.
Location: LIVE INTERACTIVE ON-LINE HISTORY LECTURES
Readings to be provided to students in PDF format prior to the beginning of course.
Complete syllabus will be provided upon registration.
- ALL LECTURES WILL BE RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE IN OUR VIDEO LIBRARY FOR THE DURATION OF THE COURSE