Medical Humours and Classical Culture: Blood

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Medical Humours and Classical Culture: Blood

APA - Seattle 2013

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Date limite : 1er février 2012


Organizer: Rebecca Flemming, University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy

At the 2013 meeting of the American Philological Association, to be held January 3-6 in Seattle, Washington, the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM) will sponsor a panel featuring recent research on medical humours in classical culture, with a focus on blood. Blood has a special relationship with life in the understandings and practices of the classical world: a vital substance, rich in meaning. Ancient medicine, however, counted blood with the rest of the bodily constituents, all equally important to human function—one of four humours in the Galenic system (not even that in some Hippocratic physiologies) or one fluid combination of corpuscles and void among many. Still, the therapeutic pre-eminence of venesection, for instance, and blood's particular involvement in reproduction strain this egalitarianism.

We invite proposed papers which explore any aspect of blood's role in classical medicine within the broader context of classical culture. Please e-mail a summary of your proposed paper to Dr Rebecca Flemming ( Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. ). It should be 500-600 words, and arrive by February 1, 2012.

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