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CLST 314 - Doctor, Bloodletter, Surgeon: The Beginnings of Western Medicine

Instructor: Daryn Lehoux

Course Description

What goes on inside the human body? Why are we sometimes sick, sometimes healthy, and how can balance be restored or maintained? What causes epidemics and plagues, and how should they be treated? This class will look at how the human body was viewed in ancient medical theory and practice. Modern medicine as a rationalized scientific practice finds its origins in the ancient Greek philosophical and medical texts attributed to ‘Hippocrates.’ Through a close reading of selected ancient medical texts, this class will explore ideas of how the human body is constituted, how it relates to the world as a whole, what the role of the physician was seen to be in prevention and treatment of disease, and how illness and healing were understood in ancient Greece and Rome.

PREREQUISITE CLST 200/3.0 or CLST 201/3.0 or CLST 207/3.0 or CLST 208/3.0.


(1) G.E.R. Lloyd, ed., Hippocratic Writings (London, Penguin Classics, 1978)

* Please note: The textbook is available through Novel Idea (Princess at Bagot) and NOT through the University Bookstore


  • Midterm: 20%
  • Essay (1500 words): 30%
  • Final Exam (two hours):50%

Grading Methodology

All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks.  The final grade you receive for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade according to Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale:

Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale


Numerical Course Average (Range)


























49 and below



Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1, on the Arts and Science website (see, and from the instructor of this course. Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

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This page was last updated 07 January, 2013.

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