Irish Indigenous Medicine Today and the Effect of a Changing Worldview
On-Demand, Self-Paced Course
Culture and Health
Irish Healing Traditions
1 hour and 20 minutes
Module 1 - Understanding the Language
Certificate of Completion
Health care professionals, Anthropologists, and Ethnologists
This module explores the effects of a changing worldview on Irish indigenous medicine in the 20th century.
This course is the fifth in the complete series: The Irish Healing Tradition. The lectures discuss the state of traditional medicine in the 20th century and how it was influenced by scientific progress. You will examine illnesses attributed in the past to "the good people" from a biomedical perspective. You will also gain insight into the pathologies of ailments with an emotional aetiology. Finally, the viability and future of Irish vernacular healing are considered to see if the culture that supports it, is sufficient for its continuity.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone with an interest in a holistic approach to medicine. The course is well structured with a focus on practical applications. As a medical research scientist by trade, I chose this course in particular owing to two factors : 1: the material is often backed by research verified information and 2: the lecturers are practitioners with real life experience.
The course itself is provided in a flexible online learning approach which works perfectly for me. I have a young family and a full time job and I find that the lecturers have been very approachable and flexible all the way through the course.
I really enjoy this course and I really feel like I will be well prepared to take up a career in this field.
This module explores the different language used to describe traditional medicine, as well as indigenous knowledge and its presence in Irish folklore and traditional medicine.
This module examines the scope of healing evident in legend, myth, and the middle ages.
This module identifies the role of medical families and the influence of herbals in plant medicine practice from the 15th to the 21st century.
This module explores the major influences on Irish traditional medicine in the 19th century.