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History (HIST)

HIST 124 (GH;US;IL) (S T S 124) History of Western Medicine (3) This course explores the history of health, illness, and medicine in western society.

HIST (S T S) 124 History of Western Medicine (3)

Relying on both primary and secondary sources, the course examines developments in medical thinking and practice, the changing status of medical practitioners, and the experience of patients in order to understand the links between medicine and its social, cultural, intellectual, and political contexts.

This course will also augment offerings in bioethics and medical humanities by providing the historical context of ethical issues and social policies concerning medicine. It will be attractive to students pursuing a health professional career and will provide a historical context to the issues raised in courses such as HD FS 301 "Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions, " BIOL 461 "Contemporary Issues in Science and Medicine," PHIL/S T S 432 "Medical and Health Care Ethics," and ANTH 470H "Our Place in Nature." The course will be one of the Humanities Electives for the Bioethics/Medical Humanities Minor as well as the proposed Disability Studies minor.

Within the Department of History, the course is part of the undergraduate offerings in the history of science and , thus, is directly linked to HIST/S T S 122, HIST/S T S 123, and HIST 103. The course would also support the Science, Technology, and Society Program's undergraduate minor, augmenting courses in science and health and medicine, such as S T S 101, S T S 105, S T S 200, and S T S 432.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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