Subject: History of Medicine

Scientific Area:

Preentive Medicine and Social Sciences


20 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

- Show the relevance of History of Medicine.

- Provide the historical background and support for the Medical practice.

- Share the path of the medical knowlwdge throught the times and places.

- Highlight historical landmarks in and for the Medicine.

- Remind the technico-scientific, sociocultural and human contribution of illustrious Medical Doctors. 


- Introduction to History of Medicine. Teaching planification.

- Medicine Primordia.

- Medicine of Ancient Civilizations.

- Medieval Medicine.

- Medicine of the Renascence.

- Medicine from the XVIIth, XVIIIth, XIXth to present times.

- Portuguese Medicine.

- Histories, Landmarks and other Themes in the History of Medicine.

- Presentation and discussion of the students free themes.


- História da Medicina e do Pensamento Médico. Maurice Tubiana. Editorial Teorema 2000.

- História da Medicina em Portugal. (2 volumes). Maximiano Lemos (2ª edição). Publicação D. Quixote. Lisboa 1991.

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Final Note = Presence [5 values] + Participation [5 values] + Powerpoint presentation about a free theme on History of Medicine [10 values].

Final Note = Numerical classification (20 values).

Powerpoint presentation: 20 minutes. Will take place during the 2 or 3 last lessons. The evaluated criteria will be: pertinence, originality, objectives, methodology, presentation, conclusions.