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Workshop: “Kairos, Krisis, Rhythmos. Time and Time Awareness in Ancient Medicine”

February 18, 2020

9 am - 6.15 pm

Presentation of the Research Group 

Kairos, Krisis, Rhythmos. Time and Time Awareness in Ancient Medicine


Einstein Center Chronoi
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 7
14195 Berlin


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9.15 – 9.30 | Christoph Markschies and Philip van der Eijk (Einstein Center Chronoi; HU Berlin)

Welcome and Introduction

9.30 – 11.00 | Section 1: Pulse Theory and Measurement

Orly Lewis (Hebrew University Jerusalem; Einstein Center Chronoi)

Perceiving and Measuring the Pulse in Ancient Greece and Rome

P. N. Singer (Einstein Center Chronoi)

Galen on Pulse, Perception and Time

Sean Coughlin (HU Berlin; Einstein Center Chronoi)

The Pneumatists on Time, Body, Vitality

11.00 – 11.20 | Coffee Break

11.20 – 12.20 | Section 2: Critical Days and Periodic Fevers

Christine Salazar (HU Berlin; Einstein Center Chronoi)

Galen’s Theory of Critical Days, as Reflected in his Hippocratic Commentaries

Glen Cooper (Einstein Center Chronoi)

Lost (and Found) in Translation: Features and Implications of the Arabic Translations of Galen’s Treatises on Crises and Critical Days

12.30 – 14.00 | Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.00 | Section 3: Methods of Time Keeping and Time Management

Kassandra Miller (Bard College, NY)

Medical Kairoi and Hourly Timekeeping: Case Studies from Galen of Pergamon

15.00 – 16.00 | Section 4: The Pulse in Islamicate Medicine

Nayhan Fancy (DePauw University) 

The Theory of Pulse in the Arabic Canon Commentaries

16.00 – 16.30 | Break

16.30 – 17.30 | Section 5: Time in Early Modern Medicine

Concetta Pennuto (University of Tours)

Time in Early Modern Clinical Case Histories of Female Patients

17.30 – 18.15 | Section 6: Roundtable

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