Health and Disease

History 183A

Spring 2014
Monica Libell
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MWF 1-2P

This introductory course is a general survey of the history of medicine from antiquity to the 21st Century. It explores key conceptual developments and practices of the past, situating healing systems within their cultural and social contexts. We will start by examining the emergence of medicine as a recognizable subject of discourse in antiquity, the ways in which this tradition was both preserved and changed during the medieval period, and then was transformed in the medical, scientific and political revolutions of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Emphasis is placed on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Here an examination of changing concepts of and approaches to the body, life, health and disease will be used to investigate the rise of scientific rationalism and biological science as a basis for modern biomedicine.


Course Books

A history of medicine by Magner, Lois Marcel dekker Inc. ISBN: 978-0824786731 Required