The course aims to introduce students to the knowledge of the Western Medical tradition and of the evolution of medical Ethics, following the historical perspective necessary to understand the developments of Biomedicine . By the end of this course, the students will be able to identify the key aspects regarding medical and cultural beliefs on the main Bioethical issues
The course is divided into chronological-thematic units covering :
1. the evolution of the concepts of health and disease ; the rise of scientific medicine, including such topics as the origins and rise of hospital medicine and of public health; the relations between the new laboratory sciences and medical practice; the bacteriological revolution.
2.Bioethics. Meanings and definitions.The prehistory of Bioethics. The Oath of Hippocrates. From ethics to medical ethics
G. Corbellini, Le applicazioni mediche della genetica, in ‘Dalla cura alla scienza . Malattia, salute e società nel mondo occidentale’ , Edizioni EncycloMedia, ( pp. 351-356)
P. M. Cattorini, Bioetica, Elsevier, 2011, Parte !, pp. 1-15