History of Christianity in Medicine

Explore the fascinating era of History of Christianity in Medicine from Antiquity to its relevance today in the Medical and Scientific Disciplines of the 21st Century.


Course outline

This course will cover the History of Christianity in  Medicine in Arabic, Indian, European cultures and analyse their contributions to current thinking and practice in Medicine from a historical angle.

The topics include:

  • Assyrian Church of the East- India and China; Arabic: Baktishua Family, Jundishapur, Hunain ibn Ishaq; Mamoinides: Saladin
  • Constantine; Period of Monastic Medicine: St Basil of Caesarae, St Gall Monastery, St Benedict of Nursia; St Cosmos and Damien ( Patrons of the Medici Family)
  • England: Alfred the Great, Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; Quakers, Evangelicals, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Roman Catholics.St Bartholomew Hospital; Mildmay Hospital London.
  • Thomas Barnardo, David Livingstone ( Africa), Albert Cook( Uganda),Hudson Taylor (China), Paul Brand (India). Laennec ( France), Dr Scudder, W H Welch (USA). Mission Hospitals in Africa, Middle East, India.
  • Florence Nightingale, Mary Mackillop (New Zealand)

Learning outcomes

Participants in this course will be able to;

  • Classify and analyse the Christian influence in alternative and conventional medicine from its origins in the Arabic, Indian, European cultures to its relevance today.
  • discuss and identify key developments in the History of Medicine in these cultures.

Who should attend?

This course is designed  for people who have an interest in the broader picture of History of Christianity in Medicine in Arabic, Indian, Chinese and European cultures


  • Wednesday 8 august, 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • $35.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Augustine Dass

Seminar presenter

Augustine Dass

Augustine Dass

Augustine is a New Zealand Citizen who was born in the American Mission Hospital, Sultanate of Oman where his father was General Surgeon. He was educated at Emmanuel Grammar School and graduated from University College London, England in History of Medicine with Basic Medical Sciences. The History of Medicine component was completed at the History of Medicine Institute, London and the Basic Medical Sciences (Preclinical) plus clinical training (Beaumont Hospital) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University. Clinical electives included the Methodist Mission Hospital in India. Augustine is currently a contract Educator who has been a lecturer/tutor at colleges and Universities and has taught Academic English, Medical Registration preparation courses and Business courses.

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