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Courses for Fall 2016

Medical History and Bioethics 212:
Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine

Instructor: Thomas Broman

General Description: 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 explores the understanding of health and illness 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 challenges some widely held assumptions about how the advancement of science has contributed to modern medicine.

The historical survey is divided into four units, each of which is based in a different view of the body. The first unit, called “The Humoral Body” explains the exceptionally flexible ideas of illness and its causes that were first developed in the ancient world and persisted for many centuries until well past 1700. Some of the ideas first developed in humoral medicine, such as the intimate interactions between the body and its environment, are still with us today. The second unit, called “The Anatomical-Morphological Body,” examines the body as a collection of discrete parts which perform particular functions in the body’s overall economy. This anatomical view of the body also developed in the ancient world, although anatomically based approaches to the study of illness really only became influential in the 1700s and 1800s. The third unit, “The Infected Body,” looks at how illness first came to be seen not merely as something affecting individuals, but also as something having important consequences for society as a whole. This thinking first emerged in the wake of the Black Death in 14th-century Europe, and it was important in the development of the Germ Theory of Disease in the latter part of the 19th century. Finally, the fourth unit of the course will look at “The body normalized and measured,” an appropriate label for medicine in the 20th century, when physicians developed the idea that seemingly no one’s health could be maintained without incessant medical attention and supervision. Needless to say, this is the view of health and illness that persists in our own time. In this unit we also consider how health has become something that can be purchased like any other consumer product.

Course Requirements: Aside from attendance in discussion sections, the basic requirement for the course consists of a mixture of three take-home essays ranging from three to five pages in length, which are based in the readings and designed to illustrate the major issues in each unit. Discussion sections may also feature some shorter and more informal writing assignments.

Texts: Xeroxed course reader.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 credits; H (Humanities), E (Elementary) Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S; Open to Freshmen

Monday/Wednesday 9:55 - 10:45 am, plus a discussion section

Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen. This course is not being offered for Honors fall 2016.


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

Instructor: TBA

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of health care in America from the early republic to the present. In this class we will analyze the motivations and actions of individuals engaged in health care, as they contain infectious disease outbreaks, make a profit, deliver children, try to understand suffering, trauma, and death, pioneer new healing techniques, promote social equity and access to care, decide which bodily states are healthy and which are pathological, and, in general, try to promote human flourishing, either just their own or other people’s. As such, the sweep of the story of American health care is not just that of the development of new, life-saving treatments for disease, but is also a deeper inquiry into the way medicine interacted with culture, politics and society in America. (course syllabus)

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 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

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


Medical History and Bioethics 526:
Medical Technology and the Body

Instructor: Linda Hogle

There is a long history of bodily modification for functional restoration, augmentation, enhancement, or aesthetic purposes and may involve chemical, mechanical, interactive or implantable technologies. How do such technological alterations affect our identity? Our sense of being “human”? Our notions of “fairness”? What cultural, social and ethical issues are involved in decisions to take up particular technologies? This course explores examines assumptions about the ‘normal’ body, followed by cultural understandings of ability, appearance, function and enhancement. Topics will include bionics, regenerative medicine, genetic enhancements, assistive technologies, neural prosthetics, cognitive enhancements, digital health and quantified self technologies, among others. The course is of particular interest to students in pre-professional medical fields, biomedical engineers, social sciences, and disability studies.

Graduate students registered in 526 must register concurrently in MHB 726.

Not cross-listed

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

Monday 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Prerequisites: Sophomore status or consent of instructor.


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

Instructor: Susan E. Lederer

This course will explore and examine the core ethical issues in clinical research, regulations governing clinical investigation, and the role of good clinical practice for clinical trials. Participants 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, including the pending changes to the Common Rule.

Not cross-listed

1 credit; Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S. Advanced

Thursday 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Class will be held in 1203 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 553:
International Health and Global Society

Instructor: Richard C. Keller

Intense concern over the burgeoning of emerging infectious diseases–along with the renewed vigor of known epidemics-has heightened medical, media, and popular attention to the international dimensions of health in a globalizing society. Yet historians have long recognized the “microbial unification of the world” as a phenomenon that dates at least to the Black Death of the fourteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of historical and anthropological materials and methods, this course explores the history of public health and medicine as international phenomena, concentrating chiefly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specific topics include the connections between global pandemics such as cholera and plague to European colonial expansion; the rise of international aid organizations; historical and contemporary anxieties about global migration and the spread of disease; and the international dimensions of a global medical marketplace. Particular themes include the connection between culture and medical ideas and practices; and the tensions of practicing medicine in multi-cultural settings.

Graduate students registered in 553 must register concurrently in MHB 753.

Crosslisted with History of Science and Population Health

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

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 pm plus one discussion session

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, or consent of instructor.


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 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Prerequisites: Must have Junior standing or DPH or TOX.


Medical History and Bioethics 699:
Independent Study in Medical History

Instructor: Staff

To be arranged with instructor.

Not cross-listed

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

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Jr st and cons instr.


Medical History and Bioethics 726:
Medical Technology and the Body

Instructor: Linda Hogle

See MHB 526.

Graduate students taking 726 will concurrently enroll in 526 and pursue independent research in consultation with the instructor.

Not cross-listed

1 credit

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Graduate status and concurrent registration in Med Hist 526 or consent of Instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 753:
International Health and Global Society

Instructor: Richard C. Keller

See MHB 553. Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature.

Graduate students taking 753 will concurrently enroll in 553.

Not cross-listed

1 credit

Time to be arranged

Prerequisites: Graduate status and concurrent registration in Med Hist 553, or consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 919:
Topic: Medicine, Science and War in American History

Instructor: Susan E. Lederer

This graduate seminar is focused on reading recent histories that explore the ways in which medicine and science influenced, and were influenced by, war and the needs of the military. This will include readings on the impact of war on the human body, the production, representation, and experience of warfare, military, and medical technologies on the human body, the discussions of acceptable and unacceptable types of harm, and the influence of wartime needs on the food supply and nutrition science.

Crosslisted with History of Science

3 credits

Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.


Medical History and Bioethics 999:
Advanced Independent Study

Instructor: Staff

Not cross-listed

1-3 credits

Time to be arranged

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

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