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Courses for Fall 2013

Medical History and Bioethics 431:
Childbirth in the United States

Instructor: Karen L. Walloch

American women's childbirth experiences from the colonial period to the present. Childbirth as a cultural as well as a biological event. Basic physiological information for understanding and evaluating changing approaches to pregnancy and childbirth.

Crosslisted with History of Science and with Gender and Women's Studies.

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

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00PM-2:15PM

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Women St 103 or 430 or equiv; or consent of instructor.


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

Instructor: Susan E. Lederer

What is the best way to stay well in the United States, and to whom should we listen as patients, potential patients, and family members? This course looks at the ways in which Americans have tried to maximize their health and longevity through a variety of means, including medicine, doctors and nurses; through alternative practitioners; and through their own efforts to influence their health outcomes.

Topics include the rise, fall and rise of medical authority, the development of alternative and complementary medicine and health care, the efforts at health reform, and the health establishment (ranging from gyms, dietary intervention, health clinics, hospitals, etc.) The course focuses on the choices everyday Americans made about their own sicknesses, injuries, and health; and on the sources of information they used to make these decisions.

Crosslisted with History and History of Science.

3 credits. Biological Science. Counts toward the Natural Science requirement. Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S. Intermediate.

Monday/Wednesday 11:00am-12:15pm

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. And must be Junior status or higher.


Medical History and Bioethics 507:
Health, Disease and Healing I

Instructor: Pablo F. Gomez

This course examines the history of healing practices in the Western World from antiquity to the 18th century. Students will examine continuities and changes in ideas about illness and health, and the position of healers and health institutions, within larger social and cultural structures in particular historical periods. We will focus on the characteristics of patient-healer relationships and cultural, legal and social perceptions and definitions of body normativity, health and disease in the diverse societies covered under the “Western” rubric.

Cross-listed with History and History of Science.

3 credits. Humanities. Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S. Intermediate.

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm

Prerequisites: Must be Junior status or higher.


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

Instructor: Norman C. 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 credit. Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S. Advanced.

Wednesday 3:30pm-5:30pm

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 559-001:
Topics in Ethics and History of Medicine
Topic: Animal Bioethics

Instructor: Rob K. Streiffer

An in-depth study for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students of the main philosophical theories in animal ethics and a survey of the ways that empirical research is important for evaluating the truth of those theories as well as for understanding their practical implications. Although the exact content will vary from year to year, topics covered will include the moral status of animals, different conceptions of animal welfare, animals' mental lives, the use of animals in research, and the use of animals in agriculture. Additional topics could include disobedience on behalf of animals and the legal and regulatory aspects of animal use oversight.

Not cross-listed

3 credits.

Thursdays 2:25pm-4:55pm

Prerequisites: Must have Junior standing or higher.


Medical History and Bioethics 561:
Greek and Roman Medicine and Pharmacy

Instructor: John Scarborough

Greek and Roman medicine and drug lore from the Pre-Socratics to Oribasius (c. 600 B.C. - A.D. 350), including the backgrounds of ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian medicine.

Crosslisted with History of Science, History, Classics, and S&A Pharm.

3 credits. Humanities. Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S. Intermediate or Advanced.

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30pm-3:45pm

Prerequisites: Must have Junior standing or DPH or TOX.


Medical History and Bioethics 734:
Studies in Contemporary Biosciences

Instructors: Linda Hogle and Krishanu Saha

This seminar will explore social and ethical issues arising in the use of contemporary biosciences, focusing on three broad areas: the ownership and control over data produced in the course of research, new ways of defining disease through in vitro modeling, and the increasingly blurring boundaries between research and clinical practice. Work in these areas is anticipated to form the basis of a transformative healthcare paradigm that delivers personalized and precision medicine. Seminar is for advanced students in the social sciences, law, philosophy of science, science and technology studies, political science, and public health. (course description from an upcoming UW STS Newsletter)

Professional and medical students are welcome. (course poster)

Not cross-listed

3 credits.

Tuesday 3:30pm-5:25pm

Prerequisites: Graduate/ Professional Level status only or consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 919:
Topic: Global Disease Eradication: Smallpox, Malaria, AIDS

Instructor: Dayle DeLancey

As of 2013, humankind has succeeded in the global eradication of only two diseases - smallpox (1979) and rinderpest (2011). Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Carter Center International Task Force for Disease Eradication have targeted six other diseases for eradication with variable success, redoubling their efforts to eradicate two while ultimately abandoning campaigns to eradicate four others. What are the historical antecedents of 20th and 21st century campaigns to eradicate infectious diseases in global host populations? Why are certain diseases considered “eradicable” and how has that concept changed over time? What determines the success or failure of an eradication campaign and how has history shaped these factors? How do global eradication attempts differ from more familiar efforts to control or eliminate diseases like HIV/AIDS within smaller populations - and what is the historical significance of such distinctions? This graduate seminar addresses these questions, placing global infectious disease eradication efforts into a wider context that encompasses several centuries of history. The seminar focuses upon three very different diseases that illuminate wider historical dilemmas and other disease contexts: smallpox (the global eradication “success story” that prefigured the eradication of rinderpest and shaped the view that polio and guinea worm disease were suited for global eradication campaigns), malaria (an eradication “failure” whose abandoned eradication campaign parallels those of hookworm, yaws, and yellow fever), and HIV/AIDS (a global scourge for which control or elimination seem more prudent than eradication).

Crosslisted with History of Science.

3 credits. A (Advanced).

Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Prerequisites: Graduate /Professional Level status only and consent of instructor.

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