00976 - History of Medicine

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Annagiulia Gramenzi

  • Credits 1

  • SSD MED/02

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 5708)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from May 02, 2022 to May 06, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Gender equality Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Outline the history of the Western medical sciences from classic times till today, focusing on the birth of morpho-functional disciplines, the concept of disease throughout the ages, and the progress of surgical and therapeutic sciences. The course will pay special attention to critical examination of the social and cultural determinants of health conditions and medical practice through time and there will be also be a significant focus on gender perspective.

Course contents

Lesson 1 – Introduction and course overview. The history of medicine as the social history of diseases: from the plague of Athen to COVID-19. Definitions, history and development of public health.

Lesson 2 – The history of Western medicine as cultural history: over time changes in definitions of body, from humoral theory to anatomical revolution to imaging diagnosis

Lesson 3 – The history of medicine as the history of a profession. The changing role of medicine and healing practices through time.

Lesson 4 – The history of medicine as the history of a science: from an “art” to the “scientific medicine”, advancements of medical technologies and therapeutics, biomedicine and its consequences.


Pdfs with the powerpoint presentations of the lectures will be the material to be reviewed for the written exam at the end of the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures with slides

Class Discussion

Assessment methods

Written test

The test consists of 16 questions. Only one out of 4 answer is correct. There are no penalties for wrong or blank answers.

The test must be completed in 35 minutes.

Teaching tools


Short readings and video

Office hours

See the website of Annagiulia Gramenzi