HIST 293
History of Medicine Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed HSCI 320 / HIST 293
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A study of the growth and development of medical thought and practice, together with consideration of its interaction with science and social forces and institutions. The course aims at an appreciation of the socio-historical construction of Western medicine, from prehistory to the twentieth century. The course begins with paleomedical reconstructions, and moves to Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek [not only Hippocratic] medicine, Greek and Roman anatomy and physiology, Arabic medical thought, Renaissance medicine, and the gradual professionalization and specialization of medicine from the sixteenth century. Attention is paid to theories of health and disease, ideas about anatomy and physiology, in addition to achievements such as anesthesia and internal surgery, and advances in instruments such as obstetrical forceps and the stethoscope.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: six short papers (3 pages), midterm, final hour exam
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students
Unit Notes: meets Group G requirement for History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HSCI 320 Division II HIST 293 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group G Electives - Global History
INST Global Health Studies Electives
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