Book Talk: The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity

with author Ahmed Ragab

November 17 2015 — 6:00 – 7:30 pm

CGIS Knafel K262 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, 02138

The Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program is pleased to announce The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity A book talk with author Ahmed Ragab The first monograph on the history of Islamic hospitals, this volume focuses on the under-examined Egyptian and Levantine institutions of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. By the twelfth century, hospitals serving the sick and the poor could be found in nearly every Islamic city.

Ahmed Ragab traces the varying origins and development of these institutions, locating them in their urban environments and linking them to charity networks and patrons’ political projects. Following the paths of patients inside hospital wards, he investigates who they were and what kinds of experiences they had. The Medieval Islamic Hospital explores the medical networks surrounding early hospitals and sheds light on the particular brand of practice-oriented medicine they helped to develop. Providing a detailed picture of the effect of religion on medieval medicine, it will be essential reading for those interested in history of medicine, history of Islamic sciences, or history of the Mediterranean.

Paul Farmer Lecture – TOMORROW

Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series

For the 25th Anniversary of the Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series, CGS is proud to announce that internationally-renowned global health advocate Dr. Paul Farmer will come to campus for a lecture titled, The Current State of Global Health.

2015 Event Details

Wednesday, November 4, 4 p.m.

Lecture, followed by Q&A and book signing

Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, College of General Studies

Free and open to the public

About the Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

Dr. Paul Farmer founded Partner In Health to offer a preferential health care option for the poor.

Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the US and in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction. Other titles include To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation; Haiti After the Earthquake; Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader; Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Right, and the New War on the Poor; The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues; and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame.

Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sesame Street to Unveil Character with Autism

So, this is not directly related to the healthcare system… But I think this article speaks to how cultural norms about disease, disability and/or illness can shift.

With the increased visibility of people with autism, now in shows such as Sesame Street, how might this influence or impact how people with autism are treated by doctors? How people with autism are treated in society?
How might it impact how we see and understand autistic people?

Article here

Drug Pricing: Public Health Implications (online presentation)

Thought some of you might be interested in this upcoming online presentation hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health:

Friday, October 23, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm ET

Join Us Online:
October 23, 12:30-1:30pmET
@ForumHSPH #MedPricing
Email questions for the panelists.

Presented in Collaboration with Reuters and in Association with Harvard HealthPublications


Steven Pearson, President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

Aaron Kesselheim, Director, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Meredith Rosenthal, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School ofPublic Health

Lowell Schnipper, Clinical Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Center, and Chair, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Value in Cancer Care Task Force

Caroline Humer, Correspondent, Reuters

Process Reflection 1

Process Reflection requirements are found in the discussion section syllabus but just to recap: Please aim for 250-300 words. I encourage you to share them on the blog but realize they can be personal so if you’d like to email them to me instead, you have the option to do that. This is part of your participation grade so please be willing to share your thoughts with the rest of the class.

What you write about is up to you, but you might want to address the following:

  • What have you found most hard to believe, interesting, upsetting, or confusing about the health care system?
  • What are your gut reactions or knee-jerk responses to the course materials?
  • How might the ideas we have learned about so far shape your future as a health care consumer, potential medical provider, family member, friend, advocate?

These are issues I know we all care about, so take some time really thinking about what they mean to you. My process reflection after the jump. Continue reading “Process Reflection 1”