Rethinking renaissance medicine will suffice
Despite numerous books and articles on individual topics, there has been no single book-length survey of Renaissance medicine in English for several decades. Prof. Nutton has begun this task, which will break new ground in many ways. The book attempts to answer a simple question: what distinguishes the medicine of the period 1490-1628 from the preceding and succeeding decades? This seminar will look at questions of periodization, a possible structure for the volume, and some general considerations that rarely appear in medical history accounts. The book will also include material on medical life East of the Rhine.
Vivian Nuttona British historian of medicine and Emeritus Professor at the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London.
Nutton acquired a BA in Classics at Cambridge in 1965 and subsequently taught there as a Fellow of Selwyn College (1967–77). He received his PhD in 1970. Since 1977 he has worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine as a Lecturer, and since 1993 as Professor. He is a member of several international learned societies and a Fellow of the British Academy. Since 2015 he has worked at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (1st MSMU). Nutton's main field of research is the Greek physician Galen. Beyond that, his work comprises the whole of the ancient history of medicine and its reception history, in particular during the Renaissance and in the Muslim world.