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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

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DATE CHANGED NOW 18th MARCH IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Rhetoric and medicine, from antiquity to the Renaissance

4th March 2020, 17:30 to 18:30, Platform 3, Stephenson College, Dr Caroline Petit (University of Warwick)


Ever since Plato, medicine and rhetoric have been considered consubstantial of each other and a source of endless comparative discussion. In an age where persuasion (of peers, of the patients, of the public) was critical to a successful medical practice, rhetoric offered precious resources to help physicians build a career and promote theses. In this lecture, Dr Caroline Petit will focus on the foundational role of ancient doctors, particularly Galen, in the development of medical literature. She will then examine some evidence of reappropriation of ancient tropes in early modern medicine, and revisit the notion of ‘medical humanism’, to illuminate continuities and changes in the enduring marriage of rhetoric and medicine.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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MapStephenson College is denoted as building No.63

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