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Courses for Fall 2010

Medical History and Bioethics 504:
Society and Health Care in American History

Instructor: Ronald Numbers

Health care in America since the colonial period; emphasis on social developments. Although the focus will be on the past, efforts will be made to relate the past to the present. Class discussion and intensive writing required

Crosslisted with History and History of Science

3 cr.; B (Biological Science), I (Intermediate)

11:00 - 12:15 MW

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 543:
Doctors & Delusions: Madness and Medicine in the Modern Era

Instructor: Richard Keller

The course examines insanity and its treatment in social, historical and medical contexts between the origins of the asylum and contemporary psychopharmacology. Major themes include the ways in which social phenomena such as race, class, and gender have informed psychiatric theory and practice; the development of psychotherapeutic and biomedical strains in modern psychiatry; and the history of the clinical encounter in diverse psychiatric settings: the asylum, the consultation, and the outpatient clinic. Careful reading and discussion of medical and popular literature on psychopathology guide examinations of psychiatry in modern European and global settings. Graduate students registered in 543 must register concurrently in MHB 743.

Crosslisted with History of Science and with History

3 cr., Z (Humanities or Social Science), I (Intermediate)

9:30-10:45 TR

Prerequisites: Jr st or cons inst


Medical History and Bioethics 545:
Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation

Instructor: Norman Fost

This course will explore and examine the ethical issues central to clinical research, regulations governing clinical investigation, and the role of good clinical practice for clinical trials. Participants who master this course material will be able to think critically about the ethical issues central to clinical research and know the basic elements of the federal regulations affecting clinical investigation.

Not cross-listed

1 cr.; C (Counts for LAS credit, L&S), A (Advanced)

3:30-5:30 W


Medical History and Bioethics 553:
International Health and Global Society

Instructor: Richard Keller

Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations. Graduate students registered in 553 must register concurrently in MHB 753.

Crosslisted with History of Science and with Population Health

3 cr., Z (Humanities or Social Science), I (Intermediate)

2:30-3:45 TR

Prerequisites: Jr or Sr st, or cons inst


Medical History and Bioethics 559-001:
Justice and Health Care

Instructor: Paul Kelleher

This course will examine ethical issues in the distribution, financing, and delivery of health care in the United States. We will focus in particular on central issues raised by the recent U.S. health care reform debate and resulting legislation. Readings will be drawn from political philosophy, health care economics, behavioral economics, nonprofit thinktank reports, Congressional testimony, news articles, and blog posts. The first half of the class will consist of units exploring the philosophical and economic bases underlying currently dominant perspectives on putative entitlements to health care. We will seek to understand health economists’ concern to promote the “efficiency” of health resource allocation while constraining the “moral hazard” they detect when individuals use “too much” health care. In this context we will strive to identify values that may either compete with or override concerns with efficiency, so construed. The second half of the class will consist of units investigating the nature, justifiability, and methods of health care rationing—including bedside rationing by doctors—and the myriad issues implicated by the near-universally shared goal of health care cost containment. If time allows, we will consider a question rarely (if ever) asked during the recent health care reform debate: Are there ethically defensible alternatives to the current patent regime for pharmaceutical development that could reduce drug costs while offering adequate or even enhanced levels of innovation?

Not crosslisted

3 cr., H (Humanities), D (Intermediate or Advanced)

11:00-12:15 TR

Prerequisites: Cons inst


Medical History and Bioethics 669:
Independent Study in Medical History

Instructor: Staff

To be arranged with instructor.

Not cross-listed

1-3 cr.; C (counts for L&S), A (Advanced)

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Jr st and cons instr


Medical History and Bioethics 743:
Doctors & Delusions: Madness and Medicine in the Modern Era

Instructor: Richard Keller1 cr.;

See MHB 543. Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature of the history of psychiatry, with emphasis on historiographical issues.

Not cross-listed

Graduate, Basic

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Grad st & con reg in Med Hist 543, or cons inst.


Medical History and Bioethics 753:
International Health and Global Society

Instructor: Richard Keller

See MHB 553. Advanced readings that examine major problems in modern international health. Focus on epidemiology and disease ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

Not cross-listed

1 cr.; Graduate, Basic

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Grad st & con reg in Med Hist 553


Medical History and Bioethics 890:
Reading and Research

Instructor: Staff

To be arranged with instructor.

Not cross-listed

1-3 cr. A (Advanced)

Time to be arranged

Prereq: Open to all 4th yr Med stdts (8 or 16 wks) & Grad stdts of all other depts (16 wks)


Medical History and Bioethics 919:
Disability: A Historiography

Instructor: Walton Schalick

The history of disability is a young and dynamic field. This seminar will address that history and its historiography as well as the lacunae resulting there from. Our readings will range from Antiquity to the twentieth century, from Africa to America, from medical to sociopolitical history. The majority of the material will relate to modern Europe and the U.S. Our seminar will appeal to historians, literary scholars and social scientists interested in disability, the body, medicine and contractarian politics.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 cr.; A (Advanced)

Time TBA

Prereq: Grad st and cons inst


Medical History and Bioethics 999:
Advanced Independent Study

Instructor: Staff

To be arranged with instructor.

Not cross-listed

1-3 cr.; A (Advanced)

Time to be arranged

Prereq: Grad stdts who have the Masters or equiv, or Postdoc fellows who wish to undertake an independent research project.

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