Recent generations of classical scholars have argued that the study of ancient Roman medicine is of purely academic interest, revealing little of relevance to modern medical practice. But Nick’s own research interests in both clinical practice and Roman medicine has led him to question this position.
It now seems that a substantial legacy has been largely ignored over the last couple of centuries. Nick will suggest that our Roman forebears have much to offer to the modern physician seeking to improve the care of his or her patients. The focus of this talk will be on diagnosis, specific medical remedies and a more holistic approach to healthcare.
Nick Summerton qualified as a medical doctor in 1984, and has worked in hospital medicine, general practice, public health and clinical research. He has written three books on diagnosis and screening plus a short booklet entitled Medicine and Health Care in Roman Britain. He also has longstanding interests in the Roman world and a specific focus on Ancient medicine. His most recent book Greco Roman Medicine and What it Can Teach us Today is due to be published shortly.
A number of you will know Nick from his work on the Aldborough Roman Garden Project. We are very much looking forward to finding out more about this fascinating subject on a subject which has never been covered in any of our previous talks.
Vindolanda existed before Hadrian’s Wall was built and played a big role in its construction. The excavations, undertaken each summer, have uncovered stunning artefacts almost perfectly preserved without any decay.
Each year the excavations continue to uncover more information about the people of Vindolanda. Each year the history and story of the site becomes richer. It is estimated that it will take another 150 years of research before all of the secrets of Vindolanda have been revealed.
Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations, will lead a tour of the site and will talk more about discoveries highlighted in his recent talk. After the tour, a visit to the museum is highly recommended where many of the fascinating artefacts are on display.
The cost, which is £13, includes the tour and entrance to the site and museum. Attendees will need to make their own arrangements for travel and lunch.