From 6 April, at the University of Tokyo, I will run a seminar for undergraduate and graduate students. The subject is the history of case history. We shall examine the changes of medical practitioners' account of the patients from the Ancient cvilisation to the end of the twentieth century. Reading materials and seminars are in English. You are expected to write an weekly essay, which will be commented. Reading materials are as follows:
Akihito Suzuki: History of the cases
The three websites and Oxford Thesaurus
Joseph M. Williams, Style
English: Skills for Learning (2018)
Helen Sword, Stylish Academic Writing (2012)
English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing
The Academic Phrasebook
The Only Academic Phrasebook Youʼll Ever Need
2. General Picture 1
Gianna Pomata, “The Medical Case Narrative: Distant Reading of an Epistemic Genre”,
Literature and Medicine, Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 2014, 1-23.
3. General Picture 2
Volker Hess and J. Andrews Mendelsohn, “Case and Series: Medical Knowledge and
Paper Technology, 1600-1900”, History of Science, Volume 48, 2010, 287-314.
4. Greek cases
Hippocrates, Hippocratic Writings, edited with introduction by G.E.R. Lloyd (London:
Penguin Books, 1978), 87-112.
5. Medieval cases
Nancy G. Siraisi, Taddeo Alderotti and His Pupils (Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University
Press, 1981), 269-302
Dean Putnam Lockwood, Ugo Benzi: Medieval Philosopher and Physician 1376-1439
(Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1951)
6. Early Modern cases 1
William Ne:wman, Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature
(Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004), 164-217.
7. Early Modern cases 2
Lauren Kassell, Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London (Oxford: Clarendon Press,
8. Enlightenment cases 1
Wayne Wild, Medicine-By-Post (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006), 17-60.
10. Nineteenth-Century cases 1
R.T.H. Laennec, A Treatise on the Diseases of the Chest (London: T. and G. Underwood,
11. Nineteenth-Century cases 2
Jan Goldstein, Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy (Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University
Press, 2010), 3-17, 128-199.
12. Twentieth-Century cases 1
Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (London:
Version, 2005), 35-92.
13. Twentieth-Century cases 2
Volker Hess, “A Paper Machine of Clinical Research in the Early Twentieth Century”, Isis,
vol. 109, number 3, 2018, 473-493.