MED HIST/​HIST SCI  133 — BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 1950 - TODAY

3 credits.

From medical advancements to environmental crises and global food shortages, the life sciences are implicated in some of the most pressing social issues of our time. This course explores events in the history of biology from the mid-twentieth century to today, and examines how developments in this science have shaped and are shaped by society. In the first unit, we investigate the origins of the institutions, technologies, and styles of practice that characterize contemporary biology, such as the use of mice as "model organisms" for understanding human diseases. The second unit examines biological controversies such as the introduction of genetically modified plants into the food supply. The final unit asks how biological facts and theories have been and continue to be used as a source for understanding ourselves.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  212 — BODIES, DISEASES, AND HEALERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

3 credits.

A survey of different conceptions of how the body as a site of sickness has been understood from Antiquity to contemporary medicine. Includes consideration of the origins and evolution of public health, the changing social role of healers, and the emergence of the modern "standardized" body in health and illness.. For honors credit consent required in Hist Sci/Hist Med 284 or consent of instructor

MED HIST/​ENVIR ST  213 — GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INTRODUCTION

3 credits.

The course provides an introduction to the intersections of health and environment on a global scale. Exposes students to a range of problems in global environmental health, including climate change, disease ecology, and the globalization of disease.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  218 — HISTORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN MEDICINE

3 credits.

This undergraduate lecture course introduces students to the development of the modern American medical care system.

MED HIST/​ANTHRO  231 — INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDICINE

3 credits.

This interdisciplinary course will provide students with analytical tools for the critical examination of the social, cultural, political and economic determinants of health conditions and medical practice. We will pay special attention to how these factors determine how patients and providers experience and ideate disease and treatment, and how they respond to specific health care policies. The course will make emphasis on the important role that conditions of structural violence and inequality play as determinants of health conditions in a globalized world.

MED HIST/​AFROAMER/​HIST SCI  275 — SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND RACE: A HISTORY

3 credits.

Surveys the medical and scientific constructions of categories of race, placing the development of racial theories in a broad social and political context. The course will pay particular attention to the importance of racial science in slavery and colonialism.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  284 — PHYSICIAN IN HISTORY (HONORS)

1 credit.

Honors course for students enrolled concurrently for honors in History of Science 212. Open to non-honors students with consent of instructor. Open to Fr

MED HIST 286 — HONORS SEMINAR: STUDIES IN MEDICAL HISTORY

3 credits.

Intensive exploration of issues in medical history. Emphasis on developing critical thinking about medical history through discussion of readings, written exercises, and research projects.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​RELIG ST  331 — SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND RELIGION

3-4 credits.

Science, medicine and religion from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on Western civilization.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  333 — HISTORY OF MODERN BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Survey of major developments in biology and related sciences ca. 1700-1950. Topics include morphology and embryology; evolutionary theory, ecology, and genetics; physiology and recent experimental biology.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  394 — SCIENCE IN AMERICA

3 credits.

From the colonial period to the present; emphasis on the development of scientific institutions and the influence of science on American life.

MED HIST/​GEN&WS/​HIST SCI  431 — CHILDBIRTH IN THE UNITED STATES

3 credits.

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.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  504 — SOCIETY AND HEALTH CARE IN AMERICAN HISTORY

3 credits.

Lecture-seminar. Health care in America since the colonial period; emphasis on social developments.

MED HIST/​PHILOS  505 — JUSTICE AND HEALTH CARE

3 credits.

Examines ethical issues in the distribution, financing, and delivery of health care (primarily in the United States). The first third of the class explores key issues in U.S. health policy and forms the empirical foundation for the rest of the class. The second third explores ongoing debates in moral and political philosophy over putative entitlements to health and health care. The last third investigates the nature, justifiability, and methods of health care rationing¿including bedside rationing by doctors¿and the myriad issues implicated by the near-universally shared goal of health care cost containment.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  507 — HEALTH, DISEASE AND HEALING I

3-4 credits.

Medicine in Europe from antiquity to the 18th century, investigating changes in medical ideas, institutions, practices, and organization.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  508 — HEALTH, DISEASE AND HEALING II

3-4 credits.

Medicine in Europe from the 18th century to mid-20th century, investigating changes in disease and demography, state interest in health care, the medical professions, and both scientific and alternative medical ideas.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  509 — THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN AMERICA

3 credits.

Seminar. Health problems in the U.S. from the colonial period to the twentieth century; efforts made toward their solutions.

MED HIST/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  513 — ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements.

MED HIST/​PHILOS  515 — PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS

3 credits.

Focuses on ethical issues implicated in a population-level approach to disease prevention and health promotion. Explores prominent theoretical approaches to public health ethics and engages with several ethical tensions. Issues discussed can include: the use of coercive or intrusive public health interventions that restrict individual freedom, infringe upon individual privacy, and/or invite individual harm (or risks of harm); the justification of patemalistic measures in societies or sub-populations that seemingly indulge in pleasurable yet unhealthy behaviors; the extent to which societies should hold individuals responsible for their health conditions; the need to decide who receives life-saving treatment or vaccination when not all can; the need to choose between the identifiable victims we can save with expensive measures here and now and the more numerous unidentifiable victims we could save in the future with the same monetary investment; the trade-offs between maximizing aggregate health benefits and addressing the special needs of vulnerable social sub-groups and individuals; climate changes and intergenerational justice; ethical issues in international pharmaceutical research, and the need to establish reasonable limits to public health demands in a world where health outcomes are profoundly influenced by policies in other domains (such as transportation, housing, unemployment, and education) that generate their own ethical problems and imperatives.

MED HIST/​AFROAMER/​HIST SCI  523 — RACE, AMERICAN MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

3 credits.

The course will provide historical perspectives on current dilemmas facing black patients and health care professionals.

MED HIST/​GEN&WS/​HIST SCI  524 — THE MEDICAL HISTORY OF SEX AND SEXUALITY

3 credits.

Examines the changing place of medicine and scientific authority in public and private sexual lives. Highlights the role of medicine in defining appropriate sexual behavior, understanding the cause of sexual deviance, and treating sexual problems and diseases.

MED HIST 526 — MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE BODY

3 credits.

Ethical and cultural dimensions of chemical, surgical and biological therapeutics and enhancements to the human body. Explores body-altering technologies within cultural understandings of appearance, function, perception and identity.

MED HIST/​GEN&WS/​HIST SCI  531 — WOMEN AND HEALTH IN AMERICAN HISTORY

3 credits.

Women as patients and as health professionals in America from the colonial period to the present.

MED HIST/​GEN&WS/​HIST SCI  532 — THE HISTORY OF THE (AMERICAN) BODY

3 credits.

This course demonstrates that human bodies have social and cultural histories. It will highlight the social values placed on different bodies, the changing social expectations bodies create, and the role of science and medicine in creating the cultural meanings of bodies.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  543 — DOCTORS AND DELUSIONS: MADNESS AND MEDICINE IN THE MODERN ERA

3 credits.

Medical approaches to mental illness from 1750 to the present. Emphasis on how tension between biomedical and socio-environmental theories about psychopathology have marked modern psychiatry. Focus on Europe and the United States with global and comparative dimensions.

MED HIST 545 — ETHICAL AND REGULATORY ISSUES IN CLINICAL INVESTIGATION

1 credit.

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.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  550 — MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Focusing upon the 18th- to 21st-century U. S. and building upon earlier European history, the course explores the ways that a range of technologies - e.g. stethoscopes, spirometers, x-rays, hospital design, pharmaceuticals, gene and cell therapies, telemedicine, etc. - have shaped medicine and invited social critique.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​POP HLTH  553 — INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND GLOBAL SOCIETY

3 credits.

Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  554 — A HISTORY OF WESTERN DISABILITY

3 credits.

Offers a wide range of arguments about the nature of disability, from pre-history to the 21st century. Explores the history of disability in Western thought and practice and the formulation of personhood, citizenship, and social well being.

MED HIST/​PHILOS  558 — ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE

3 credits.

Ethical issues apparently created by new biomedical technologies, such as genetic screening, prenatal diagnosis, prolongation of life, treatment of severe birth defects, in vitro fertilization, behavior modification, psychosurgery, and transplantation.

MED HIST 559 — TOPICS IN ETHICS AND HISTORY OF MEDICINE

3 credits.

A survey of ethical and social issues in medical ethics and history of medicine. Cooperating faculty may be drawn from philosophy, law, medical ethics, history, political science, public health, economics, education, and communication, as well as medicine and the biological sciences.

MED HIST/​CLASSICS/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY/​S&A PHM  561 — GREEK AND ROMAN MEDICINE AND PHARMACY

3 credits.

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.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL/​S&A PHM  562 — BYZANTINE MEDICINE AND PHARMACY

3 credits.

Byzantine and Islamic medicine and drug lore from Oribasius to the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance (c. 350 - c. 1400 A.D.).

MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  564 — DISEASE, MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

3 credits.

This course examines the history of illness and medical practice in Latin America and the Caribbean from the colonial era until the present. Using an interdisciplinary set of sources, students will explore the different meanings of disease, body normativity, medical practice, and ideas about public health across different historical circumstances in the region. Include Graduate and Professional level

MED HIST/​AGRONOMY/​C&E SOC/​PHILOS  565 — THE ETHICS OF MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Study of ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, crops, and non-human animals. Readings cover moral theory, technology studies, political philosophy, the science used in biotechnology, and current regulations governing its use.

MED HIST/​ENGL/​HIST SCI  599 — DIRECTED STUDY IN HEALTH AND THE HUMANITIES

1 credit.

Offers students enrolled in the Health and the Humanities certificate an opportunity to conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. It allows students who have enrolled in or completed HIST SCI/MED HIST/ENGL 525: Health and the Humanities Capstone an opportunity to go into greater depth on a topic covered in the capstone course. In consultation with a faculty member, students will design a project that builds on lessons learned or work completed as part of their capstone experience.

MED HIST 610 — REGENERATIVE MEDICINE ETHICS AND SOCIETY

1-3 credits.

Study of regenerative medicine and stem cell research within social, ethical and political contexts. Grad st (1 credit)

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  668 — TOPICS IN HISTORY OF MEDICINE

3 credits.

Upper-level special topics course in the history of medicine.

MED HIST 699 — INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MEDICAL HISTORY

1-3 credits.

MED HIST 708 — HEALTH, DISEASE AND HEALING II

1 credit.

Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature concerning medicine in Europe from the 18th century to mid-20th century, investigating changes in disease and demography, state interest in health care, and medical professions, and both scientific and alternative medical ideas.

MED HIST 709 — DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN AMERICA

1 credit.

Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature concerning public health issues and problems in America from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and efforts made toward their solutions.

MED HIST/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI  713 — STUDIES IN ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

1 credit.

Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature of environment and health, with emphasis on current historiographic issues.

MED HIST 720 — HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN MEDICINE

1 credit.

(Med I elective) Lecture-seminar. Contemporary medical issues in a historical context.

MED HIST 726 — MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE BODY

1 credit.

Ethical and cultural dimensions of chemical, surgical and biological therapeutics and enhancements to the human body. Explores body-altering technologies within cultural understandings of appearance, function, perception and identity.

MED HIST 728 — BIOMEDICAL ETHICS AND SOCIETY

1-3 credits.

Social science perspectives on medicine with emphasis on biomedical ethics. Overview of the qualitative research methods of ethnography, life history, content, visual and narrative analysis. One of the following: ANTHRO 365, SOC 531, POP HLTH 780 or equivs, or cons inst

MED HIST 730 — ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDICINE

1 credit.

Seminar-discussions. Problems: abortion, prenatal diagnosis, genetic screening, euthanasia, definition of death, experimentation, and patients' rights.

MED HIST 734 — GRADUATE STUDIES IN MEDICAL ETHICS

1-3 credits.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  743 — DOCTORS AND DELUSIONS: MADNESS AND MEDICINE IN THE MODERN ERA

1 credit.

Advanced readings in primary and secondary literature of the history of psychiatry, with emphasis on historiographical issues.

MED HIST 753 — INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND GLOBAL SOCIETY

1 credit.

Advanced readings that examine major problems in modern international health. Focus on epidemiology and disease ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

MED HIST 890 — READING AND RESEARCH

1-3 credits.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  915 — SEMINAR: SCIENCE IN AMERICA

3 credits.

MED HIST/​HIST SCI  919 — GRADUATE STUDIES IN MEDICAL HISTORY

3 credits.

Three seminars analyzing the scientific and social aspects of the development of modern medicine in Europe and America; one seminar exclusively on public health.

MED HIST 999 — ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.