HIST 374 Fall 2012 American Medical History

This course will cover major themes in American medical history and historiography from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Every aspect of American "medicine" underwent tremendous transition during the period we will study. Medical education, the medical profession, and notions about cures and care changed fundamentally, as did ideas about the nature of illness itself. Our course of study, in addition to charting ways in which the practice of medicine in America has developed, will make an equal effort to understand how medicine has changed and affected American society. Topics that we will investigate include cholera, TB, and childbirth in American society, as well as other medical phenomena.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two short papers, reading quiz, and a final research paper
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Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructor's permission
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,PHLH Science and Medicine,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-25
Class Number: 1451
HIST374-01(F) LEC American Medical History Division 2: Social Studies Gretchen Long
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hopkins Hall 002 1451
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