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Student Success: Mohammed Al Eethawi

During the spring 2023 semester, Mohammed worked closely with Dr. Mario Erasmo on his very first research paper, titled Claudius Galen: The Great Roman Physician and Anatomist. His research focused on medicine during antiquity times, which he explored through Galen’s work. Through this research, Mohammed learned one major concept regarding medicine during that time – that the purpose of medicine was not to help those in need. Rather, it was the “prestige” of aristocratic males, and it was practiced showing off the male’s social status and advanced education. Through this journey, Mohammed learned that antiquity medicine was merely a show, and every physician, including Galen, tried their best to display their remarkable discoveries. Read More...

Mohammed was astonished by finding the true purpose of medicine in its early years. His interest went beyond the antiquity period, and he wanted to discover the purpose of medicine throughout the centuries. Over last summer, he independently worked on another research paper titled The Time in Between: The Western Dark Age and The Eastern Golden Age. Although the time he studied was much closer to modern times, he still did not find the modern purpose of medicine in the physicians’ work. Mohammed viewed this time as a reconsecration era of medicine, because while Europeans were fading in the darkness, the Muslims were bringing a new light to medicine knowledge. He believes that without the Muslims’ high interest in education and medicine, Europe would not have seen the light of education again, which lead to the Renaissance Era.

Currently, Mohammed is working on a CURO research with Dr. Erika Hermanowicz, and he is studying the works of medicine during the Renaissance Era, specifically the works of Andreas Vesalius, title The Coding of Andreas Vesalius. He has yet to discover the true purpose of medicine during this period. He is hoping to publish this paper after its completion and take it with him to the University of Oxford next spring to work closely with scholars to research his final destination, modern medicine.

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