Medicine: Ancient Texts Lead to an Experimental Future

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Doheny Memorial Library,
Room 241

Medicine is by definition a polymathic pursuit.  Renaissance physicians not only revived Galen, they went beyond this classical source to re-establish medicine as an experimental science and art form—and, in so doing, they restored medicine to its ancient and rightful place as nursery of arts and sciences.

Peter Mancall

Peter Mancall

Peter Mancall was recently named the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, in addition to holding positions as Vice Dean of the Humanities, Professor of history and anthropology, and running USC's interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies Institute.  The extent of his polymathic scholarship ranges from topics on quantitative economic history, to alcoholism in Native American societies, to an invigorating investigation of Henry Hudson's fatal voyage, a work that landed him a gig on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.