My name is Caroline Petit and I am a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.

This is a blog on ancient medicine, with some insights into medieval, early modern and sometimes later periods.

The aim of this blog is to draw attention to the specificity of ancient medical culture and texts, but also, at times, to point out to their enduring relevance in later periods in history. Indeed ancient medicine sometimes survives in the most unexpected ways! Through quotations, language, images or even practice, many aspects of ancient medical culture can be observed at all times in history.

My posts reflect my own approach and interests (medical texts and manuscripts, Galen and Pseudo-Galen, reception of ancient medicine), but also include reflections on the ancient world from different perspectives, such as paleopathology, ethnopharmacology or social history.

My work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust for many years, and my current project is on Medical Prognosis in Late Antiquity.

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