BabMed’s 2017 workshop is on the subject of medical commentaries, hosted at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) Berlin. The BabMed workshop is a follow-up of an event held in August 2016 at the MPIWG Berlin on the subject of mathematical and medical commentaries.

MedComm 2017 concentrates on medical commentaries and more general observations on ancient medicine in the Ancient Near East, as well as Greece and China, from perspectives of history of science.

Speakers include: Heinrich v. Staden (Princeton), Paul U. Unschuld (Charité Berlin), Nils P. Heeßel (Marburg), Glenn W. Most (Pisa), Vivian Nutton (UCL London), Enrique Jiménez Sánchez (Madrid), Klaus Wagensonner (Yale), Henry Stadhouders (Utrecht) and Giulia Ecca (BBAW Berlin).


Please notice, that the Key Note Lecture by Glenn W. Most  on 26th September 2017 at 18:00 is held at another venue: BBAW Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Einstein-Saal Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin-Mitte.


13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00
Greeting Adress
Lorraine DastonMax-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
Markham J. GellerExcellence Cluster Topoi
14:00 - 20:00
14:00 - 14:45
Interpretations of Hippocratic texts in the first century BCE: "Empiricist" exegesis and its adversaries?
Heinrich von StadenInstitute for Advanced Study, Princeton
14:45 - 15:30
Li Shizhen’s (1518-1593) role as a commentator in his encyclopedia Bencao gangmu
Paul UnschuldCharité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin
15:30 - 16:00
Tea and Snacks
16:00 - 16:45
Short neo-Babylonian prescriptions with advertising comments: Remnants of folk medicine?
Nils P. HeeßelPhilipps-Universität Marburg
17:00 - 18:00
Transfer to BBAW/Mitte, Gendarmenmarkt
18:00 - 19:30
Text and paratext on roll and codex
Glenn W. MostUniversità degli Studi di Pisa, Italy
20:00 - 22:00
Conference Dinner
09:45 - 10:00
Morning coffee for early arrivals
10:00 - 13:00
10:00 - 10:45
Abstruse perfection: Connecting sign and prognosis in Babylonian medical commentaries
Enrique Jiménez SánchezUniversidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain
10:45 - 13:00
Reading Session
Enrique Jiménez SánchezUniversidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
14:00 - 14:45
Unchain divine wrath – new lists of stones and their use in ritual
Klaus WagensonnerYale University, New Haven CT, USA
14:45 - 15:30
"Take a sip and live forever": Musings on Pliny's bios brand of wine
Henry StadhoudersUniversiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
15:30 - 16:00
Short Break
16:00 - 17:30
16:00 - 16:45
Medical commentary from the Renaissance to Galen
Vivian NuttonUniversity College London, United Kingdom
16:45 - 17:30
Commenting on and commenting through the first Hippocratic aphorism: practices and patterns
Giulia EccaBerlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
17:30 - 18:00
High Tea, informal gathering at MPIWG courtyard