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Courses for Spring 2012

Medical History and Bioethics 212:
The Physician in History

Instructor: Thomas Broman

This course presents an introductory survey of the history of medicine from Antiquity to the 20th Century, and is aimed primarily at students interested in careers in the health professions. It explains how the understanding of health and illness has evolved in Western culture, showing why particular ideas of illness came into dominance at different moments in history. Most importantly, by providing the “long perspective” on the history of medicine, the course attempts to challenge some widely held assumptions about how the advancement of science has contributed to modern medicine.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 cr.; H (Humanities), E (Elementary)

M/W 2:25PM - 3:15PM

Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen. For honors credit con reg in Hist Sci/Hist Med 284 or cons instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 284:
The Physician in History - HONORS

Instructor: Thomas Broman

This course is a one-credit honors option that accompanies HOS/HOM 212. By signing up for this course and registering simultaneously for honors in 212, you will receive 4 credits of honors course work. Because we meet in a seminar-type discussion format, enrollment is limited to 12.

The theme for 284 this time will be “Medicine in the Heroic Age.” During the early part of the 20th century, the idea that doctors were the conquerors of disease and heroes of science became very widespread. We will devote the semester to examining medicine and the other healing professions were transformed during this historical period, and in what ways they remained the same.

Requirements: Students will attend scheduled discussions and movie screenings or find times to watch required movies on their own. At the beginning of the semester, students will produce a short (2-3 page) essay describing their understanding of medicine as a career and what they would expect to do as a physician. Later on, each student will conduct a short research project on the overall theme of the course and write a short (5-page) paper describing their findings.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the timetable says this course will meet in 204 Bradley Memorial, we will be meeting in Ebling Library down at the Health Sciences Learning Center. This will allow us to have access to the Medical Library’s holdings.

Crosslisted with History of Science

1 cr.; H (Humanities), E (Elementary); Prerequisites: Con reg for honors in Hist Sci/Hist Med 212 or cons inst.

4:00-5:00 R

Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen. For honors credit con reg in Hist Sci/Hist Med 284 or cons instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 353:
Histories of Ecology: Transnational and Global Trends
(Course officially listed under History of Science 353)

Instructor: Helen Tilley

This course explores the multifaceted histories of ecology, focusing especially on developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will learn about the ways in which an array of different disciplines – from natural history, botany, zoology, forestry, and geography to epidemiology, racial science, and anthropology – approached the study of organisms in relation to their environments. We will also consider how ecological questions and research methods were influenced by the rise of the nation-state, the growth of transnational trade, the construction of empires, the proliferation of industries and urban centers, and the Cold War. While intellectual histories of ecology usually focus on classic texts produced in Europe and North America, this course will also consider multiple sites around the world in which large and small-scale ecological studies were undertaken.

Crosslisted with History of Science and Environmental Studies

T/TH 9:30AM-10:45AM


Medical History and Bioethics 509:
The Development of Public Health in America

Instructor: Dayle Delancey

This course surveys the history of public health in the United States from the colonial period to the late twentieth century, emphasizing many issues in the development of public responsibility for health that are relevant at the beginning of the 21st century, including responses to epidemic diseases. The course is run as a seminar/discussion, and part of the student requirements include regular and constructive class participation.

Crosslisted with History of Science

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

Tu/Th 1:00PM - 2:15PM

Prerequisites: Junior or Consent of Instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 523:
Race, American Medicine and Public Health

Instructor: Susan E. Lederer

The problem of the 20th century, wrote W.E.B. DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), “is the problem of the color-line.” This course considers the issue of the color line in American medicine over the past two centuries. We will be looking at the ways in which skin color (and other elements of “racial identity”) have influenced the experiences of patients, physicians and nurses, and medical researchers, seeking to document and analyze how conceptions of race have shaped the health concerns and health outcomes of Americans in the past two hundred years. Topics include the origins of racial classification, the health and medical care of slaves, the use of minorities as research subjects, especially the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, the history of racial disparities in medicine, and the efforts to integrate the American medical profession.

Crosslisted with History of Science and with Afro-American Studies

3 cr.; S (Social Science), D (Intermediate or Advanced)

Tu/Th 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing


Medical History and Bioethics 558:
Ethical Issues in Health Care

Instructors: Norman Fost and Robert Streiffer

Ethical issues apparently created by new biomedical technologies, such as genetic screening, prenatal diagnosis, prolongation of life, treatment of severe birth defects, in vitro fertilization, behavior modification, psychosurgery, and transplantation.

Crosslisted with Philosophy

3 cr.; H (Humanities), I (Intermediate)

Tu 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Prerequisites: Junior standing; Includes graduate and professional careers


Medical History and Bioethics 559-001:
Public Health Ethics

Instructor: Paul Kelleher

This course focuses on ethical issues implicated in population-level approaches to disease prevention and health promotion. Students will explore theoretical approaches to public health ethics and will engage with several ethical tensions. Issues to be discussed can include: the use of coercive or intrusive public health interventions that restrict individual freedom, infringe upon individual privacy, and/or invite individual harm (or risks of harm); the justification of paternalistic measures in societies or sub-populations that seemingly indulge in pleasurable yet unhealthy behaviors; the extent to which societies should hold individuals responsible for their health conditions; priority-setting and the allocation of scarce resources; ethical issues in the use of cost-benefit analysis for public health policy evaluation; whether to treat already sick individuals or to prevent more death and suffering that would occur in the future; how to balance between maximizing aggregate health benefits and addressing the special needs of vulnerable social sub-groups and individuals; climate change and intergenerational justice; and ethical issues in international pharmaceutical research.

Not cross-listed

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

Tu/Th 2:30PM - 3:45PM

Prerequisites: Cons inst; enrollment may be limited depending on topic and approach


Medical History and Bioethics 559-002:
Global Environmental Health

Instructor: Richard Keller

The global expansion of infectious diseases and increasing health disparities between industrialized and developing countries have been among the major concerns in international health circles for at least two decades. Yet an increasing awareness of the links between these problems and the global environment has emerged among public health professionals and caregivers only in the past few years. This course aims at expanding awareness of the intersections of major international health problems and a crisis of the global environment by outlining both contemporary and historical dimensions of this juncture to beginning undergraduates through a truly interdisciplinary exposition. The course will integrate faculty experts from a range of departments to present a survey of the principal biological, geographical, social, and cultural aspects of health and the global environment.

Not cross-listed

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

Tu/Th 1:00PM - 2:15PM


Medical History and Bioethics 562:
Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy

Instructor: John Scarborough

Byzantine and Islamic medicine and drug lore from Oribasius to the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance (c. 350-c. 1400 A.D.).

Crosslisted with S&A Pharmacy, History, History of Science, and Medieval

3 cr.; H (Humanities), I (Intermediate)

Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM

Prerequisites: Jr or Sr status or consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 610:
Regenerative Medicine, Ethics, and Society

Instructor: Linda F. Hogle

This course is designed to introduce graduate science, engineering, and medical students working in regenerative medicine research to the key ethical, policy and social issues relevant to the field. Primary scientific and policy documents will be used as resources as well as analyses of current social and political environments.

Topics include (among others): The background of legal disputes over embryonic stem cell research; Understanding the relations among governments, the public & the media in the face of controversial research; Guidelines and oversight rules: what stem cell researchers need to know; Clinical trials & First-in-human research; Translational issues: data sharing & intellectual property

NOTE: THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AS A CONCENTRATED, SHORT COURSE (7 sessions). Counts for ethics credit for a number of graduate science programs (check first with your advisor). (Course Flyer)

Not cross-listed

1 credit

Fr 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Prerequisites: Graduate or Professional status and permission of instructor.

Meets ethics requirements for CMB.


Medical History and Bioethics 668-001:
Africa, Medical Pluralism & the History of Health & Disease

Instructor: Helen Tilley

This seminar explores the history of health and disease in Africa, focusing most extensively on the effects and legacies of European colonialism from 1880 to the present. The readings and class discussions will consider a variety of “healing” traditions and cognitive frameworks, both indigenous and introduced. Since no approach was monolithic or static, a central aim of the course will be to understand how developments like imperialism, market economies, migration, and epidemiological and demographic change have affected health conditions and responses in the continent. We will pay considerable attention in this course to “hybrid” situations during the colonial and post-colonial periods in which multiple approaches to health care were pursued simultaneously. This should help put more recent experiences with HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (sleeping sickness, tuberculosis, malaria), and also with magic and medicine in a deeper historical context.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 cr.; A (Advanced)

Tu/Th 2:30PM-3:45PM

Prerequisites: Junior standing


Medical History and Bioethics 699:
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 728:
Bioethics and Society

Instructor: Linda F. Hogle

The aims of this course are to provide understandings of the broader social, cultural and political contexts in which debates around medical science and practice occur, and to explore the use of qualitative and interdisciplinary methods to conduct research in these areas. Readings will draw upon perspectives from the medical social sciences & science and technology studies to analyze dilemmas in medicine as well as to critically examine the field of bioethics. The course will cover topics in biomedical science and technology as well as clinical and public health, and may emphasize one or the other depending on the interests of enrolled students. It is designed for the needs of graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, population health sciences, health policy, law, medicine, and health professions. Basic knowledge of social theory is recommended.

Topics may include: clinical trials (especially international trials and first-in-human research), biosecurity, concepts of risk (esp. pandemics & disasters), neuroscience and society, and biological citizenship, among others. (Course Flyer)

Not cross-listed

3 cr.; B (Biological Science)

9:00-11:30 T

Prerequisites: Graduate or Professional Status and consent of Instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 915:
Science in America

Instructor: Ronald Numbers

This course will be devoted to the History of Science, Medicine and Religion.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 cr.; A (Advanced)(Arts and Humanities)

M 10:00AM-12:00PM

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of the instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 919:
A History of Health Activism: Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Instructor: Judy Houck

They started free clinics. They took back the night. They lobbied Congress. They showed each other their cervixes. They practiced medicine without a license. They delivered babies. They insisted they weren't sick. They insisted they were. They shouted, they marched, they shopped, they struck, they sat.

Health activists, working both inside healthcare professions and outside them, have profoundly shaped medical institutions, workplace environments, research agendas, disease boundaries, treatment options, and medical accessibility. This course examines the history of health activism in the United States, paying particular attention to the place of race, gender, and sexuality in health movements.

(Course Flyer)

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 cr.; A (Advanced)(Biological Sciences)

W 2:30-5:00PM

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of the instructor.


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

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

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