Park Views – 12 May 2018: The Understanding and Practice of Medicine in the Baroque Period

“Park Views”

A series of short talks, on current issues, delivered by experts, sometimes living close to Parkview!

Prof. Adriano Duse will talk on

“The Understanding and Practice of Medicine in the Baroque Period”

St. Francis Anglican Church, 46 Tyrone Avenue (corner Roscommon), Parkview

On Saturday 12th May 2018, At 11am (sharp) till 12.

The understanding and practice of Medicine, during the Baroque period (circa 1685-1750) is intriguing to say the least. Against the backdrop of devastating waves of The Pest (plague), The Great Pox (syphilis), typhus and a host of other infectious and non-infectious conditions some of the finest writers, thinkers, artists and musicians were artistically prolific despite, in most cases, very short lifespans. Great musicians such as Vivaldi, Albinoni, Handel, and Bach lived through this creative, exciting but health-wise treacherous period. After discussing the understanding, and practice, of medicine during the Baroque period the talk will review The Church’s view of maladies, outbreaks and calamities and to what extent this molded the practice of medicine and had a knock-on effect on the arts.

Adriano G Duse is the Professor and Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the School of Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.   He began his career at the National Health Laboratory Services (the then SAIMR) as a medical technologist and went on to compete his MBBCh at Wits.  He specialized as a Microbiologist and was appointed as a consultant before going onto becoming the Head of the Department in 2002.  On a number of occasions he has been deployed by the WHO as a consultant during outbreaks of viral and infectious diseases in many parts in Africa.

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