Historical Perspectives on Medicine, Health, and Society

History 280D

Spring 2018
2231 Dwinelle
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Tu 10-12
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This graduate seminar introduces students to the modern history of medicine with a focus on the relationship between medicine and society. The course asks students to engage with recent and established research in the history of medicine roughly from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include changing concepts of disease and health, medical concepts of the body, race and medical practice, gendered diseases, scientific medicine and its consequences, exclusion and inclusion in the emergence of the medical profession, the rise of the hospital, practices of medicalization and pathologization, medical technology and identity, power and medical institutions, capitalism and medicine, and biological citizenship. We will pay special attention to the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality have intersected the history of medicine since the 19th century. History graduate students interested in the history of medicine and science, US history, the history of health and health care, the history of the body, and the history of race, gender, and class as well as graduate students from any discipline in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences are welcome.