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The philosophy of the Museum of Medicine is based on a broader understanding of the relationship between man and medicine, while its collections include hundreds of objects such as historical medical books, medical instruments and pharmaceutical utensils, photographs, etc. The main thematic axes that are developed in the spaces and among the multifaceted actions of the Museum are the following: a) The places of healing and the highlighting of their material and immaterial characteristics (places & people), b) The human body, the senses and the brain, c) Medical tools - technology, d) ) From Herbs to Medicines, e) Medicine & Letters – Arts. The educational programs derive their content from the above axes and together with the events for the general public constitute the main outreach arm of the Museum.

Places of healing

People, buildings and places in a linear relationship with historical time and with a perpetual goal of healing and health. A course from the early days of Minoan Medicine to the practice of Medical Science in Asclepieia, guesthouses of monasteries, Spitalia, Pananio Hospital, Spinalonga, sanatoriums and the first treatment centres to modern Hospitals. More

The human body, the senses and the brain

The architectural organization of the structure of the human body, from the anatomy of upright posture and gait to the plasticity of the brain, is at the center of the interest of modern man. The admiration for the achievements of human brain triggers the need for discovering its morphology. More

From herbs to medicines

Medicinal plants hold a special place in the history of cultures. The way of studying and exploiting plants over the centuries was based on the special relationship of man with nature, the biochemical interaction of humans and plants as well as the holding perceptions of health and disease. More

Medicine, arts & letters

Looking back at Homer's poetry and Thomas Mann's writing, observing the paintings of Rembrandt and Munch, watching Chekhov's plays and finally with the very recent comics in Medicine (graphic medicine), we find that disease and medicine are fundamental elements of Literature and Arts. Man’s perpetual struggle to prevail over finite and time is a point of intersection between Medicine and Art or Literature defining the relationship between them. Τhe fact that several physicians have been depicted in history as subjects of Art (in Literature or iconography) is rather secondary. More.

Instruments and medical technology

The form of a surgical tool helps us understand a culture and a time as much as the outcome of a battle, the history of papistry or an emperor’s signature. This is another reason to classify the history of medicine in the most emphatic way within the context of the history of culture. More.

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Medicine meets the Humanities and the Social Sciences Joint Seminar Series of the Museum of Medicine of the University of Crete and the Centre for Research and Studies on Humanities, Social and Education Sciences of the UoC (UCRC)

5 Apri 2021
"Freedom of Speech and Information: The role of media and social networks in shaping perceptions concerning Population Health (in times of pandemic)"
Stavroula Tsiorema, Professor of Contemporary and Modern Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, Director of the Bioethics Laboratory, Member of the Board of Directors of UCRC-UoC

19 Apri 2021
"Youth and the Labour Market: trends, transformations, effects of the Pandemic and challenges for public policy"
Nikos Papadakis, Professor, Department of Political Science, Director of the Centre for Political Research and Documentation, Deputy Director of UCRC-UoC

31 May 2021
"Psychological Effects of the Prolonged Pandemic on Children and Adolescents"
Panagiota Dimitropoulou, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Psychology, Member of the Laboratory of Applied Psychology, UCRC-UoC

28 June 2021
"Features of pseudoscience"
Ioannis Dalezios, Associate Professor of Physiology, Medical School, University of Crete

13 September 2021
"How people see the future after the pandemic"
Sofia Triliva, Professor, Department of Psychology, Member of the Entrepreneurship and Market Research Unit, Labour Market Observatory for the Region of Crete, UCRC-UoC
⇒ postponed

25 October 2021
"Mental health and society"
Manolis Tzanakis, Associate Professor in Sociology of Disease and Medical Institutions, Department of Sociology, Member of the Laboratory of Social Analysis and Applied Social Research , UCRC-UoC

29 November 2021
"Describing the sick in papyrus scripts"
Nikos Litinas, Member of the Scientific & Teaching Staff, Department of Philology, Division of Classical Studies, Member of the Laboratory of Papyrology and Epigraphy, UCRC-UoC

20 December 2021
"Public Health and Private Life"
Koukouzelis Konstantinos, Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy: Philosophy of Law, Department of Philosophy and Social Studies, Member of the Laboratory of Bioethics, UCRC-UoC


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School of Medicine
University of Crete
2208 ΤΚ 71003
Voutes, Heraklion Crete, GR