Disease in History

History 24

Spring 2016
Section: 
005
Instructor: 
Location: 
225 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wednesday 1000-1100
CCN: 
39215
Units: 
1

Is civilization bad for our health? We will explore this and other questions raised by the human experience of disease in history through short readings and weekly discussion. Topics include the nature of disease and the roles of doctors, hospitals, and public health measures, the impact of laboratory science and the germ theory, vaccines and the vaccination controversy, the pharmaceutical revolution, epidemics such as the 1918 influenza and HIV/AIDS, and the role of globalization. 

John Lesch is Professor Emeritus of History. He has a long-standing interest in the history of the life sciences and medicine. His publications include Science and Medicine in France: The Emergence of Experimental Physiology, 1790-1855; and The First Miracle Drugs: How the Sulfa Drugs Transformed Medicine.