Greco-Roman Medicine and What It Can Teach Us Today

26 November 2022
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Finding ways to cope with disease, death, disability and distress have been constant concerns throughout all human history. But, by rigidly adopting a 21st Century view, it is all-too-easy to dismiss or denigrate aspects of ancient medicine and yet to overplay others significantly.
Image: Reflections in the water
Reflections in the water
  • Is there any real value in listening to patients – or even to meet them face-to-face – to make a diagnosis or prognosis?
  • Did the Greco-Roman healers make any important medical advances or were their treatments simply working as placebos?
  • Are aqueducts, drains and bathhouses really a reflection of the Roman concern for the public health?
  • Should we dismiss dream therapy or pilgrimages to healing sites - such as Bath - as gimmicks?
  • As we continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic can we learn anything from the Roman response to their plagues?

These questions – and more – will be explored with Dr Nick Summerton using practical sessions, interactive workshops, lectures, and a tour around the Roman Baths and finds collection.

£45/£35 for Discovery Card, seniors and students.

For booking information contact [email protected]


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