Medicine in American Society Since 1880

History 39K

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Lesch
Location: 
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4
CCN: 
3943
Units: 
Units

The years since 1880 have witnessed tremendous changes in American society and in medicine. This course will examine some of these changes through readings, discussion, and writing on selected topics that illustrate the relationships between society and medical knowledge, organization, and practice. Topics include the germ theory of disease and its popular meanings and uses, medicine in literature, widespread belief in and use of vitamins, controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, medicine and race, venereal diseases, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Course requirements include several papers.